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Drivers Ed Students Take Texting Pledge

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ALEXANDRIA, La. - Drivers education used to be about watching your speed and staying away from drinking and driving. But students these days are facing a new threat when they hit the road. News Channel Five's Nolan Crane reports.

Melissa Goodner has been teaching drivers ed here in Cenla for years. She says preparing these students so they get their permits is important, but her main priority is informing them about the dangers of texting and driving.

"It makes a person 23 times more likely to have a crash when they are texting rather then just focusing on the road and paying attention," says Melissa Goodner.

Melissa knows first hand how dangerous texting while driving can be, one of her former students was killed by someone texting from behind the wheel.

"The driver that hit him was texting and it was a serious lose of life, he had a very promising future ahead of him and it was cut short when he was just 21 years old," said Melissa Goodner.

These students want to do what they can to be a solution to the texting problem, so they put their hands to work and made a pledge to not text while driving. Antonia says even though she doesn't drive yet, making this decision is a step in the right direction.

"Even though I might be young, it is still important to know to not text and drive because I can get in serious harm and I can put someone else in danger," says Antonia Sarpy.

Texting while driving is already illegal here in Central Louisiana but many people ignore the law. Melissa says she reminds parents that good examples start with them.

"Mainly it's my mom that text and drives, she sometimes doesn't pay attention to the road," says Antonia Sarpy.

Which is why Melissa wants want all of the kids in this class to know the dangers of texting, and remember how precious every life is.

"Drinking is a taboo in our society, unfortunately texting is not and it needs to be," says Melissa Goodner.

Although the students at Cenla's driving academy made the pledge to not text and drive, the instructors want to remind us that here in central Louisiana it is against the law to text and drive anyway.







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