Lowering statistics, students pledge to put phones away

By Jillian Marshall

May 6, 2013 Updated May 6, 2013 at 7:23 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Texting while driving takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, according to the U.S. government's website distraction.gov. At 55 mph, that's driving the length of a football field blind.

On Monday, Vestal students asked others to take the pledge to put their phones away in the car.

"As teenagers, we've grown up in this generation of texting all the time, always having a cell phone, and it's a big part of our lives. And when we get into the car, we really need to focus on the road," Vestal High School senior Anna McCarthy said.

Vestal's Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, and student government urged their classmates to sign the Eyes Fwd Campaign pledges Monday during the high school's lunch periods.

Students who signed the pledge are promising to keep their eyes on the road and keep their phones away.

Each pledge comes with a bright green bracelet, to stick out and remind drivers to pay attention to the road -- not a ringing phone.

"You're not immune to it. You're not invincible. And the danger is always there," senior Rachel Bomysoad said.

SADD and student government students had pledges available for all students to sign -- even those not yet old enough to drive.

"It's really dumb just to look down for a second. I's not as quick as you think," junior William Wilson said.

To sign the Eyes Fwd Campaign, click here.

Eyes Forward is a partnership between WBNG-TV and the Columbian Financial Group. Supporting sponsors include Lourdes Hospital, the Raymond Corporation and Endicott Interconnect.

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