New Jersey Teens Pledge Not To Text While Driving

FREEHOLD, NJ (WCBS 880) – Car crashes as a result of distracted driving are the leading cause of death among teens.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron reports

That is why more than 800 students at Freehold Township High School will vow not to text while driving.

They’ll be dipping their thumbs in ink and placing the prints on a banner to be hung inside the school.

Walter Tomasheski of Allstate New Jersey says they will be sent home with a thumb band as a reminder of the pledge.

“The kids put them on their fingers and, in big yellow letters, it says “Texting Kills” and that serves as a reminder of the dangers of texting and driving,” Tomasheski told WCBS 880 reporter Kelly Waldron.

Statistics have found that 82 percent of teens report using their cell phones while driving.

More than 5,000 die each year as a result.

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  • The Good Samaritan

    That’s the point why it should be taught how to do it correctly and safely.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken

  • jtorres

    “How to do it right”? Mindwarp is the perfect name for you. You cannot text without looking at the screen and you cannot drve without your eyes and attention on the road. Just how do you text, while looking at the screen while driving and looking at the road? How many heads do you have? With only one it is impossible. Just because you haven’t gotten into an accident yet, doesn’t mean you won’t. And soon

    • zodiac mindwarp

      Sorry, I’m still buzzed from this morning’s vodka & grape-nuts.

  • zodiac mindwarp

    Instead of banning texting and driving, why not educate how to do it right without getting into accidents. Texting and driving should be included in driver’s ed curricullum and also a part of the road test.

    • brittany

      hahahaha are you serious?!?! that would make things about 10x worse. the only thing you should be doing while driving is DRIVING. I’m 18 years old and had to learn that the hard way.

  • Peter Pan

    I’ve seen people texting while driving over the Bayonne bridge. One person was actually videotaping himself while driving.

  • Eyes: rolling

    I feel soooo much safer now! What a relief.

  • jtorres

    Hey, here’s an idea: how about pledging not to text while driving because IT’S AGAINST THE LAW!! They should be lauded for following the law? I don’ think they desrve Brownie points for doing what’s right.

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