|Published:||Feb 26, 2011 12:18 AM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 25, 2011 7:18 PM EST|
Some students at Lehigh High school are producing video's, designed to convince their class-mates, they should not text while driving.
"That is such a dangerous thing to do, and so meaningless when you can tak with your friends in a few minutes anyway! Texting means you take your eyes off the road, and that is distracted driving," said Taylor Fleming, a senior who helped to produce a couple of videos on texting and driving.
On Friday, every student at Lehigh High School sat through a presentation of video's, and talks by Lee Sheriff's deputies.
"If nobody died from this kind og messge, I would consider this project a huge success," said Fleming.
Another student, Sarah Levine, says she believes the presentations to students went well.
"I saw a lot of kids with eyes really glued to the screen. I heard in the hallways later, a lot of people saying, they will sign the pledge, not to text and drive.
The U.S. Transportation Department calls texting while driving a national epidemic. It's believed nearly 5-thousand people died in crashes, caused by texting and driving.
"I think the students did a great job. They were passionate about this. They want to see some changes in driving behaviors," said video production teacher Jeremy Praegitzer. "Some of the kids believe they are 10 feet tall and have bullet-proof skin. Of course, they don't. But this messsage convinces some kids that the next victim of this behavior, could be them or their friends or their relatives."
The Lehigh students drew motivation for the project from the case of Chelsey Murphy. She was a graduate of Lehigh high, and died in a car crash last March. The driver who struck her vehicle, had been talking on this cell phone, prior to the crash.
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