Newark Valley Students Promise Safe Driving

By Conor Mooney

February 1, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 8:02 PM EDT

Newark Valley, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Texting and driving has become a common and dangerous trend on the road.

In 2010, more than 3,000 people were killed in crashes whose cause was distracted driving.

"Eyes FWD" is a campaign that's been making it's way around Twin Tier schools.

Friday, it made its way to Newark Valley High School.

"Eyes FWD" encourages students to not text and drive, which has become a growing problem among young people.

Tiffany House, a student at Newark Valley, agreed teenagers are among the biggest culprits.

Members of "Students against Destructive Decisions," or SADD, encourage classmates to make smart decisions and sign a pledge promising not to text while behind the wheel.

"You're just saying you're going to keep your eyes forward and wait until you get to where you're going to text," said Marley Norton, SADD treasurer.

Students flooded a table outside the cafeteria to make the commitment to keep their eyes on the road.

In all, 202 people signed the pledge, which represents nearly half the student body.

The paper includes 10 tips to help keep the promise, including taping a copy to your dashboard as a constant reminder to not to text and drive, or creating an alternative voicemail that alerts callers of someone driving.

To some students, the cause hit home.

"I had a friend down south get in an accident while he was texting. it was sad," said senior Logan Camp.

Students that signed walked away with a reminder of their pledge, a bright green bracelet.

"We're giving them bracelets so they can look at it and know not to text and drive so they're aware of it when they're driving," said SADD member, Sabrina Gregrow.

SADD members say no text is worth an accident.