Students and teachers at North Cobb High School are pledging not to text while driving. They gathered around the wreckage of a car, brought to the campus Monday, to drive home the dangers.
While Georgia and other states have banned texting behind the wheel, a Pew study estimates that 26% of American teens nationwide are sending text messages while they drive. Watch the story from MyFoxAtlanta:
Students in Kennesaw are part of a campaign initiated by Allstate Insurance Company called "X the Text." The company has created a teen driver pledge page, and some interesting statistics about texting while driving:
- It takes your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds
- It’s like driving after 4 beers
- It makes you 23 times more likely to crash
Allstate has also enlisted the Jonas Brothers to spread the word on YouTube: