Norwich High School Takes The Eyes Forward Pledge

By Kelly McCarthy

February 13, 2013 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 6:20 PM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Chenango County high school joins the battle against texting while driving.

Norwich High School students are dedicating every lunch period this week to the Eyes Forward Campaign.

Brooke Anderson is still too young to drive, but it's her goal to bring green inside the hallways of Norwich High School.

"I've seen the impact of crashes in my own personal life with people texting while driving, even if it's not their fault it's the other drivers fault, it's still a horrible thing so it impacted my life greatly," said Anderson, a Norwich High School sophomore.

One by one, students are taking the pledge to keep their eyes forward.

With each signature comes another bright green bracelet that's hard to miss.

"People will probably be wearing them for the rest of the year," said sophomore Andrew Prindle.

They hope the bracelets represent a lasting commitment.

"It's one thing to sign a paper but it's another thing to go out and do it, but it's a situation where it really is life or death," said senior Danny Carson.

The table set up inside the cafeteria has been a popular spot during lunch.

"After setting up the table just the first day I got more than 50 signatures on the first day," Anderson said.

The campaign has been brought to several schools around the area.

One Norwich High school student says hanging up signs with startling statistics about distracted driving brings more people in to take the pledge.

'One is that 11 teens a day die from texting while driving, they die in a car crash. Another one is that texting while driving is six times more likely to kill you than drunk driving," Anderson said.

There were nearly 175 pledges signed by Norwich High School as of Wednesday. The goal is to reach 300 signatures by the end of the week.

"I think it's a wonderful reminder for them as they go out and drive, maybe it's that little reminder for them as they go out to be safe and not text and drive," said Interim Principal Kisten Giglio.

Students are hoping to keep as much color in the hallways as possible.

The posters won't be hanging up much longer, but the signatures, they say, are there to stay.

"I think it's a great step and it's exactly what I wanted to do for our school," Anderson said.

"It just shows you how one person can make such a big difference, you don't need a group, an organization, how really one individual can affect such a large group of people," Carson said.

EYES FWD is a partnership between WBNG and Columbian Financial Group.

Supporting sponsors include Lourdes Hospital, Raymond Corporation and Endicott Interconnect.