PASCO, Wash. A survey
conducted at Pasco High School suggests many teenagers text while driving, even
though they know they shouldn't.
Members of the
leadership group Deca say the survey motivated them to hold Thursday's assembly
to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
Out of the 200 students
sampled, about 20
percent admit they've texted friends and family while driving. More than 80 percent
have been a passenger in a car where the driver is texting.
"I don't do it because I
cannot drive while texting at the same time," says Deca member Laura Delgado.
"But my best friend checks twitter when she's driving, which stresses me out."
"Even with the law passed in 2010, the reality is people are still
texting while driving," says Washington State Patrol trooper Andres Martinez. He
spoke at the assembly and reminded the students they face a $124 fine if they're
caught texting while driving.
Thursday's assembly is part of Deca's campaign "Don't Wreck Your Text."