Driving school students pledge not to text behind the wheel

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Ohio's ban on texting while driving has become part of the lesson plan at the AAA driving school in Cincinnati.

Students signed a pledge not to text and drive.

The students also received a wristband as a reminder to themselves and the community about the dangers of texting behind the wheel.

Driving school supervisor Doug Loughead says he's tried to impress upon the teenage students the risks of texting and driving by appealing to their sense of reason. "We rationalize with them more than scare them. I think that's a better approach. The scaring might be good for the short term, but if you can rationalize with them and have them thoroughly understand the impact of texting while driving it'll last them for a lifetime," said Loughead.

16-year-old Maddy Campbell says she takes the pledge seriously. "You could kill someone so you have to be responsible and you really have to know what you're doing," she said.

Campbell says she's been in a car with a driver who was texting.  So has 16-year-old Will Shaw who says it's dangerous. "I have and I know people who do it. It's kind of scary. We went over distractions and you can just feel how much less they know how to drive while they're texting," said Shaw.

Loughead says being distracted for just an instant can be disastrous. "Any time a person looks down for one second to read that text message their eyes aren't on the road.  If that guy that's three or four car lengths ahead of you stops....you're going to hit him," said Loughead.

Loughead says he believes the students are getting the message. "There's enough media publicity about people who are texting and getting into accidents and killing people so I think they're getting the message. It is coming home," he said.

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