Pens and paper send a big message to keep eyes on the road

By Hannah McDonald

February 28, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM EDT

Oneonta, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A special banner now hangs in Oneonta high school to publicly remind the community about the dangers of distracted driving.

The Yellowjackets used pens and paper to send a big message on Friday, as part of the EYES Forward campaign.

OHS students said they want to show that even as new drivers, they know texting and driving is dangerous.

"We all have taken the pledge," said junior Maddie Gru, "we all know texting and driving is a very serious thing, and we all don't want to have it happen to anyone in this school."

Students said the banner is a public display of their commitment not to drive distracted.

"It's a nice reminder that everyone took the pledge, and it's just a nice reminder knowing that you shouldn't do it," said junior Angela Brindley.

The Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, organized the event.

"We have a dynamic SADD program here and we also have students from the National Honor Society that put together the banner," Principal Thomas Brindley said. "They're just a very active group and they're very excited to participate in this opportunity."

One in two drivers under 35 said they've read or sent a text message while they were behind the wheel.

EYES Forward is a partnership among WBNG, Columbian Financial Group, UHS and Sodexo.