April 28, 2014
Distracted driving is a problem that's becoming more common among teens. Now a local high school and youth organization in Orange County are coming together to try to combat it.
Students at Orange Co. High School took a short break from class on Monday to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving specifically texting and driving.
"We're trying to bring it to their attention of the importance of driving is a fulltime job when we're out there on the road. We need to be paying attention," said Jesse Lohr, Driver's Education Instructor, Orange Co. High School.
In the program called "Save a Life," students heard from a guest speaker. They also watched videos where people shared their own experiences of lost loved ones, injuries and jail time all due to texting and driving.
"To give them that opportunity to kind of connect with it, it's going to be more important than what I can probably do or say in my own classroom," said Lohr.
Teens also got to try out a simulator. It gave them a chance to see what it's like to text behind the wheel.
Although, texting and driving proved to be a challenge for some, students like Hannah Jones say texting can still be tempting.
“Very tempting. When I'm with my mom and my phone is there, I usually have to look and see who it is but it definitely has to stopped," said Jones.
Seeing this has made her and many others want to put the phone down.
"This program definitely makes people think and reevaluate what they do when they're in the car," said Jones.
The goal is to focus on driving and saving the texting for later.
The Orange Co. Office on Youth also helped put on this program.
Many students also signed a pledge card saying they would not text and drive.