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Sumter Teen Drives Students to Ditch Texting Behind the Wheel

6:58 PM, May 25, 2010   |    comments
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Sumter, SC (WLTX) -- Distracted driving is never safe and one of the biggest attention-stealers is your cell phone. One Sumter teen is encouraging her peers to quit texting, at least until they are safely parked.

"No one really calls unless it's an immediate emergency, and even then, they probably text," student Taija Williams says.

"If I was at a stop sign, I would check my phone, if I had a text message, I would reply back to it," 17-year-old Breanna Moore says.

"My cousin actually ran into the back of a policeman while she was texting," student Hunter Cappelmann says.

On Tuesday, all of the students that News19 talked to signed the pledge not to text and drive.

"People know that I used to text and drive," 17-year-old Chanelle Baker says. She is the driving force behind eliminating texting while driving at Sumter High School.

"It's actually heart-stopping, like especially when you're so close to hitting somebody. Then, you don't, and then, you just think about, 'What if I had actually hit that person?' or 'What if I didn't look up at this second?'" Chanelle says. More than 400 students have signed this pledge.

"If something were to happen, you wouldn't want to be looking back, and say, 'This happened because I just had to say no or yes or respond to such a simple text message,'" Chanelle says.

Donations for Stop Texting Just Drive can be sent to PO Box 1983 Sumter, SC 29150.

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