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February 27, 2013

Unsafe at any speed: SADD teaches Charlestown students dangers of texting and driving

CHARLESTOWN — An iPhone in one hand and a steering wheel in the other spelled disaster for several drivers at Charlestown Middle School on Tuesday.

Texting and driving simulators, along with drunk goggles and other exercises, showed students the dangers of distracted and drunken driving with Indiana Students Against Destructive Decisions on Tuesday.

Geoff Grow, state director for Indiana SADD, said giving students a chance to see what distracted driving is like before they legally get behind the wheel may discourage them from taking the risk.

He said the top killer of teenagers is car crashes. If they’re texting while driving, he said they’re 23 times more likely to have a crash than if they’re not texting.

“Even before they get their license, they find themselves in that category,” Grow said. “Most of the students have never been intoxicated or had the opportunity to text and drive, so it gives them perspective on how tough it is.”

Tyrah Martin, an eighth-grader at the school, watched several students try to text and drive on the simulator. As soon as they got on the highway and picked up the phone, some of them ran into other cars or completely off the road.

Martin said she knows people who text and drive and has seen the effects first-hand.

“I’ve seen my mom text and drive,” Martin said. “She swerves and even my stepmom does it. I usually say ‘can you drive, please?’”

Nikki Snow, guidance counselor, said even though middle-school students aren’t at driving age, it’s important for them to learn about the dangers of texting and drinking while driving.

“I think the sooner they learn the dangers, the better,” Snow said. “Maybe they can influence others who are driving and they’ll remember this experience pretty well.”

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Judy Lunsford works on a lesson plan for her students with fellow teachers, Ellen Rothstein and Adam Stephens, in her classroom at Northaven Elementary in Jeffersonville Wednesday afternoon. Lunsford, a new addition to Northaven, will be teaching second grade.

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