JC students pledge to keep Eyes Forward

By Kelly McCarthy

February 20, 2014 Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Johnson City High school students were surprised on Thursday with a break from regular classes and a chance to learn the dangers of distracted driving.

As part of the Eyes FWD Campaign, Broome County's STOP DWI Coordinator showed students real life examples from people who were driving distracted or under the influence.

Students said they are becoming more aware of the dangers of texting and driving, but it's the pictures and examples that have the most impact on their decision to put down the phone.

"I feel like it definitely spread a lot more awareness of like, just how dangerous it is," said senior Grace Hopkins, "because he provided facts with the distances of like, when you're texting, and that did give me a lot more insight than I knew before."

Part of the presentation included video and picture clips of what someone would be seeing if they are texting and driving.

"Those pictures," said senior Nick Bidwell, "They showed what you see without texting, and what you see while texting and have the stuff went away, you don't see more than half that stuff."

Eyes FWD is a partnership among WBNG, Columbian Financial Group, UHS and Sodexo.