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Local Students Take the No Text and Drive Pledge

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Local high school students are taking the "No Text and Drive Pledge."
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Local high school students are taking the "No Text and Drive Pledge."

Did you know studies show that texting while driving impairs a driver in the same manner as being legally intoxicated?  Today Ozark High School students saw a presentation about the dangers of texting and driving, sponsored by Make It Easy Autos, KOLR10, the Save A Life Tour, Cox Health, Chevy Dealers of the Ozarks, and Missouri Highway Patrol.

From texting and driving, to eating and driving, to fiddling with the car radio -- distracted driving happens way too often!  "There were nineteen hundred crashes in Missouri in 2012 that were associated with distracted driving," says Nick Penka with Make It Easy Autos. "About every thirty seconds someone is involved in a distracted driving accident," adds Anthony Lawrence, Save a Life Tour Road Manager. 

Lawrence from save a life tour has seen the ugly side of texting and driving. "I went to a high school where I lost a lot of close friends and it's just one of those things where I felt compelled to come out and share a message." He now travels the world to drive his message home.   "It was a traumatic experience.  I don't want these kids to have to go through that because it's something that they can prevent," says Lawrence.

Ozark High School students say the presentation they saw changed their minds about texting and driving.  "I would tell them put that phone away! If I'm in the car and I see you texting I will personally take your phone!" says Taylor Roberts, a senior at Ozark High School.  "It made me think twice, because I've been in accidents before, and I don't want to get in another accident just for texting," says Ronnie Perkins, a junior at Ozark High School.

The students saw how difficult it is to text behind the wheel through the Save A Life Tour simulator.  They also watched a graphic video that -- some students say -- brought them to tears.  "I started crying to be honest because whenever I drive I think that can actually happen to me because I can actually picture myself because I actually do text and drive a lot," admits Roberts.

The "No Text Assembly" is coming to several local high schools this year. 
Oct. 22nd - Strafford 8:00 a.m.
Oct. 23rd - Nixa at 8:00 a.m.                     
Oct. 24th - Glendale at 8:25 a.m.                       
Oct. 25th - Kickapoo at 8:30 a.m.                     
Nov. 1st - Mansfield at 1:00 p.m.                   
Nov. 8th  - Bolivar at 10:30 a.m.

High school students can enter a drawing to win a free car!  All they have to do is sign a no text and drive pledge, and hopefully keep their word of course! You can find the information at http://notext.makeiteasyautos.com/
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