Did you know that in less than five seconds you can take your life or the life of someone else from texting while driving? On Thursday, January 23 the Walker High School Student body heard from abc 33/40 Good Morning Alabama’s; Sheri Falk and Traffic Jam Sam; Samantha Russell. They shared many statistics with the students about texting while driving and shared stories about families impacted with the loss or damage caused by drivers that were texting while driving. Sgt. Mitch Jones of the Jasper Police Department was also present at the assembly. He explained to the students that if you Write/Send/Read a text it is against the law and you will be pulled over if caught. For the first warning it is twenty-five dollars, the second is fifty dollars, and so on, plus a two-hundred and thirty-three dollar court cost. Some of the statistics shared with the students were: An accident involving texting and driving happens every 30 seconds in the U.S. A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver. 13% of drivers age 18-20 involved in a car wreck admit to texting or talking on a cell phone at the time of a crash. You can find more statistics at abc33/40.com. Also, while online you can view the texting while driving videos and over 8,500 signatures from central Alabamians, who have already taken the pledge. You can take the pledge online and encourage your friends to do the same. Remember to not text and drive and you just might save a life. Be able to say you took the pledge. Thank you to all the partners of this program, McDonald’s and Alfa Insurance. Also, a big thanks to Sheri Falk, Samantha Russell, and Sgt. Mitch Jones for speaking with the students about a very serious problem, that takes people’s lives daily.
By: Caroline McKellar