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Posted: 3:25 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013
By Andrew Doud
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A study released this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows almost half the students surveyed nationwide admit to texting while driving. This week at Cuthbertson High School, the Highway Patrol set students up to fail. Troopers handed the teens a piece of paper and told them to read it while driving a golf cart and trying to maneuver around cones. "It was a lot harder than I thought," Ashlyn Williams said after completing the course. "You can't focus on the road at all," Steven Ruszala said after getting out of the driver's seat. The point is to show students how dangerous texting and driving is. "I tell them if we knock down a cone, we can set it back up but if you're out here for real and you run into a car, you really can't undo that," North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper John Burgin said. A national study showed of 15,000 students surveyed, about 45 percent said they text and drive. "Texting is our way of communicating these days and we just need to get them away from that and let them know its OK not to respond immediately to these texts," Burgin said. The study also showed the students who admitted to texting while driving were five times more likely to drink and drive. Burgin said last year there were a total of 93 incidents of underage drinking and driving in Mecklenburg, Gaston and Union counties. "You practice bad behaviors and that's what you continue to do," Burgin said. Many of the students at Cuthbertson don't have their licenses yet, but Burgin hopes their failures in a school parking lot will keep them from making bigger mistakes on the road.
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