Students Pledge to Drive Safe

By Callan Gray

December 20, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 12:15 AM EDT

Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A group of about 20 Chenango Valley High School students try to prevent distracted driving.

The school's SADD organization motivates their peers to keep their Eyes Forward especially with winter driving ahead.

As the snow falls driving conditions become more dangerous.

Chenango Valley High School students are trying to help their classmates stay focused on the road.

"I think it's very important for them to understand how serious it is when you text and drive, and how many people you put at risk," said Miranda Currier, junior, SADD President.

Juniors and seniors can sign an agreement not to use their phones while driving.

Then, they get a bright green Eyes Forward bracelet.

Currier says she made the committment because of her parents.

"My parent texts and drives all the time and it terrifies me so I don't ever want to put someone in that position," said Currier.

The students had me sign the pledge agreeing I won't text and drive.

They say it's even more important this weekend as the first winter storm hits.

"Anytime there are any extra conditions that make driving a little more dangerous, it's really important that they do keep their eyes on the road," said Katie Ginalski, teacher, SADD advisor.

Officials tell drivers in the midwest to stay off the road as winter storm Draco pounds the area.

Next the storm is heads east.

The Broome County Sheriff says snowy weather compounds the effect of cell phone distractions.

"With the winter months coming up here in the snow and the ice is frost and snow on the windows," said David Harder, (R) Broome County Sheriff. "You have less visibility so you're really cutting down on visibility."

"It's so much more dangerous when you drive in the show, adding texting on top of that... It's a recipe for disaster," said Currier.

A situation they say can be avoided by making calls before starting your car or by asking a passenger to make calls for you.

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

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

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