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April 7, 2014

Cart exercise makes clear the dangers of texting while driving

Officers to use road maintenance vehicles to catch offenders

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"This is an everybody problem," Griffith said. "The surprising thing is most drivers rate themselves as above average when driving while distracted."

The statistics from the students who took the golf cart challenge Monday showed otherwise. They consistently had a 25-30 percent decrease in their reaction times when they were attempting to text while driving. That's consistent with nationwide statistics, Griffith said.

A wise choice for all drivers is to turn the cellphone off, and put the lipstick down, while driving, Madsen said. She admits that's a difficult message to get across to young people who have a lot going on in their lives and have the teenage habit of thinking bad things won't happen to them.

"They have enough distractions in life," she said. "They need to learn to turn off the phone and concentrate on driving."

Madsen is planning to have students take another survey after the pledge drive is over. She's hoping it will show fewer kids are still driving while distracted.

 

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