Students Bring Texting and Driving Dangers to Life

By KBJR News 1

March 23, 2012 Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 5:48 PM CDT

Maple, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - Students at Northwestern High School learned that lesson first hand today.

While it wasn't on the road, students in Maple Wisconsin got the chance to get behind the wheel to learn the dangers of distracted driving.

Students leaders at the high school wanted to have their peers learn first hand about how quickly accidents can occur when texting and driving.

"It was made possible by our advisor of SADD, she came to me and the student council and asked if we would help fund this. We decided to have a couple assemblies and announcement throughout the week that would promote this," said Jacob Grigsby, co-president of SADD.

"It's terrible you don't want to take somebody's life cause you're texting and driving and I don't think you want to die because you're texting and driving. Is one text really that important?" said Brooklyn Peterson with SADD at Northwestern High School.

The simulator was brought in by Peer Awareness, a company that travels around hoping to raise awareness about distracted and drunk driving.

"They actually get to use a real car which is great. They use the gas, the brakes, just like they normally would driving and that way it's as close as you can get to texting and driving and drunk driving without actually doing it," said Jason Grahams with PEERS Awareness.

For the community of Maple, Wisconsin the dangers of distracted driving hit home a few years ago after one of their own was seriously injured while trying to reach for her phone.

"Everybody knows everybody and she was good athlete...she ended up going across graduation in a wheel chair so its just something that really hit the whole community hard and we really want to make sure nothing like that ever happens again," said Grigsby.

Students were also encouraged to pledge to not text and drive.

By noon more than one hundred signatures had been gathered.

Written for the web by Elayne Crecelius
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