Students learn dangers of texting and driving

Local - 11/21/2013 5:04 PM by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - Raleigh County students experienced just how dangerous texting and other distractions can be while hitting the pavement.

Edu-Tainment's National Save a Life Tour joined Woodrow Wilson high schoolers Thursday to explain how cars can become deadly weapons. One by one, students drove on machines that simulated the dangers of texting and driving.

"Before I came here, I'd text occasionally but not all the time," Junior Jacob Hughes told WOAY. "I try not to, but now I see the impact on it, and how it can really affect your life."

Teachers and tour organizers hope that the simulators will make young motorists more aware of their surroundings, or at least get them to think twice about distractions. 

"Two things I want you to take away from Drivers Ed if you take nothing else is wear a seat belt and don't text and drive and drink and drive, and hopefully if they take that away, I've taught them something," teacher Rocky Powell said.

The group of students also watched a video of tragic accident scenes.

"It was touching," senior Josh Rakes told Newswatch. "Showing the wrecks and stuff like that is pretty -- it gets to you. It shows you real life, what can happen."

Jonathan Saigeon, of Edu-Tainment, talked about why he believes the seminar is impactful.

"It's graphic, but for a good reason," he said. "We really want them to say, 'Hey man, wow. I don't want that to happen to me, so i gotta stop.'"

Woodrow Wilson High School Principal Marsha Smith also took a chance behind the wheel, but tried to avoid texting all together.


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