School tries to curb teens texting while driving

May 27, 2010 2:00:46 PM PDT
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for America's teenagers, according to numerous agencies including the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. And in this technological age, many of those collisions are because teenagers are texting and driving. They even have a term for it, "intexticated" and it is more deadly than being intoxicated behind the wheel.

George Washington High School in San Francisco is trying to get students to understand the impact of distracted driving. Thursday, the principal invited the leader of a nationwide campaign to talk to a driver's ed class, trying to shape the attitudes of teenagers who are not yet driving because they are too young.

Kelly Browning is the Executive Director of an organization called Impact Teen Drivers. She says when a teenager gets behind the wheel, their chance of dying is five times greater than an adult driver.

Her statistics are powerful, but perhaps the most compelling message Thursday came from the mother of a 19-year-old who was killed last year by a girl texting and driving. Eileen Okerblom brought pictures of her only son, Eric and told the class his death was needless.

Students ABC7 spoke with afterwards say her words had a major impact.


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