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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