Johnson students get the message about texting and driving
Johnson High School students sporting Homecoming mums draped with long ribbons and glittered accents found their way to the Band Practice Lot on Oct. 11 and received a very important message, “Do Not Text While Driving!” With many of the students planning on driving out to enjoy school festivities, the timing couldn’t be better. Coordinated by the University Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center staff, students had the opportunity to participate in a text-and-drive demonstration on a controlled course.
Hanna Peterson, a senior at Johnson, admitted that she has texted and drove before, but felt confident in her skills to do both. “I drive to theatre rehearsal and work all the time,” said Hanna. “When I’ve texted in the past, I’ll use the voice feature on my phone to text.” Hanna has now pledged to not text and drive after realizing how difficult it is to drive when you are focusing on something other than the road.
Research shows that sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for at least 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of a football field while blindfolded. The number of texting-related crashes and fatalities is alarming — and on the rise. That’s why the trauma team at University Hospital has launched the communitywide Drive Now Text L8R campaign.
Students were invited to sign pledges not to text while driving. Once students signed pledges, they received free phone sleeves to keep their phones out of sight.
Posted on October 11, 2013