Students Learn About the Dangers of Distracted Driving


INWOOD, W.Va. - April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, and students at Musselman High School learned about the dangers Friday.

"Right now we're focusing on the freshman and the sophomores because a lot of them are just starting to either think about driving or recently got a permit or a license," said Jonathan Saigeon, a distracted driving awareness speaker.

The event was put on by The Save-A-Life Tour which presents information about distracted driving. The seminar was sponsored by the Berkeley Medical Center.

"Part of our responsibility at the medical center is to do community outreach," said Trauma Coordinator Donnie Grubb. "What better opportunity at prom season to give this to the kids to let them know, and to the adults as well, that distracted driving is a problem."

A huge issue has been texting and driving among not just new drivers, but all drivers.

"Adults might be on their way to work and think, 'hey maybe I can get this email and get a few things done,'" Saigeon adds.

Students at the school say the seminar made them more aware of what's at risk if they get distracted while driving.

"I haven't had that much skill in driving. By taking some of that skill away by being distracted while driving, I could easily wreck into somebody and injure them for a long time, or kill them," Nick Haman, a student at the school said. "That's not something you want."

At the end of the seminar students signed a banner pledging they would not text and drive. People are also getting distracted by other things like Ipods, and their GPA. Women also get distracted by doing their makeup while they're driving. The most important thing is to stay focused on the road, and to stay off your cell phone while driving.

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