Seton Catholic Central Students Turn Eyes Forward

By Matt Porter

February 5, 2013 Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Students at Seton Catholic Central High School promise to keep their eyes forward on the road, instead of on their phones.

Students viewed it as a pledge to save a life.

"I think it's really important the people should know that texting and driving is really not safe," sophomore Francesca Spinelli said, "So many people get hurt from car accidents every year."

"You take your eyes off the road for a little bit, it could cause a lot of damage," junior Michael Perry said.

Students from Seton Catholic Central High School signed the Eyes Forward pledge asking them to put down their cell phones and stop texting from behind the wheel.

Sophomore Maura Ingraham joined a group of students who organized the sign-ups.

"I know kids with technology, they just want to text and drive," Ingraham said, "Everyone checks their phone as soon as it rings, so I think to pledge, it's saying something."

The green wristbands students receive after signing the pledge go well with Seton Catholic's colors.

However, they won't be mistaken for their real purpose - reminding students to keep their eyes on the road.

"You're gonna think about it when you have your phone ringing, and you think I pledged not to," Ingraham said, "And the bracelet will help remind you."

Junior Thomas Cirilo said taking the pledge is not just about saving his life, but others around them.

"It might not just hurt you," Cirilo said, "It can hurt other people if you're driving. You can actually take a life doing that too."

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

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