Georgia schools urge teens not to text and drive

It is a known fact that the majority of teen drivers are texting while driving their vehicle.  But some young drivers in Georgia are willing to prove the statistics wrong.

Since the new law took effect in Georgia on July 1, drivers under the age of 18 or with a provisional license are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving.  To encourage their students to have safe driving habits, some schools in Cherokee County are inviting putting up some nice initiatives.

In Creekview High School, there was a “No Texting While Driving” assembly for juniors and seniors. The assembly featured Greg and Amy Heil of Woodstock, whose daughter Victoria Heil was killed in a car crash in December 2008.  Students were invited to sign a pledge that they would not text and drive and add their thumbprints to a poster.

At Cherokee High, according to Principal Debra Murdock, all students who asked for a parking pass were required to sign a “no texting while driving” pledge.   Parents of student drivers were also asked to sign the pledge, and faculty and staff signed them as well to “stress the importance of the pledge to our students.”

At Etowah High, the school will dedicate a week in November to the issue of texting while driving, hoping it will raise awareness among students about the dangers of such driving habit, said Kristy Szpindor, social studies teacher and student life coordinator.

Getting caught in Georgia for texting while driving means a $150 fine and one point to a driver’s license.

Source: Cherokke Tribune, August 29, 2010

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