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Don’t Text, Just Drive: Students Create Anti-Texting PSA After Student’s Death

Don’t Text, Just Drive: Students Create Anti-Texting PSA After Student’s Death

Emily Huntington was an 18-year-older senior at the top of her class at Jan Cen Del High School in Indiana. She was the leading scorer for the girls basketball team and had plans of attending Indiana University. She had friends and family who loved her – people who today miss her dearly.

Huntington was killed tragically in a car accident when the young woman was texting and driving  and lost control of the car. Her friend, Brooke S. Gilland, a passenger in the car, was wearing her seatbelt and uninjured.

While many of her classmates thought “It won’t happen to me,” Huntington’s death is a sobering reminder that texting while drive can and does end lives. In order to spread the message of the dangers of texting while driving, students at Jac Cen Del have created an anti-texting PSA in her honor.  Students are also selling thumb bands that say “Just Drive” to remind teens not to text behind the wheel. All proceeds from the rings will go to the memorial fund created for Huntington.

After such a tragedy it is wonderful to see these students take action into their own hands to prevent future texting while driving accidents while honoring their friend. It certainly is a powerful message that will save lives.

Check out the PSA below.

Photo credit: Photo by mrJasonWeaver used under a Creative Commons license.

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5:52AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Driving involves 'common sense' and 'texting' is NOT common sense.' There are too many people on the road now who do Not know how to drive and we have to constantly watch out for them. 'Texting' is just adding trouble.
I let my cell phone ring while I am driving. If it's important, they will call back. If it's not, I will call them when I get a chance.

2:03PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Drives me mad to see people do this; so dangerous. I was run off the road by a little jerk in his mummy's 4 wheel drive, phone clamped to his ear, driving down the middle of both lanes. Didn't even try to avoid me (too busy talking on the phone) and didnt stop after he forced me into a ditch. God, I wish I'd got his number plate.

1:24PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

My car was hit TWICE by idiots who were texting, instead of driving. I may be 50 years old, but, there is nobody I have to get IMMEDIATELY in touch with while I am driving.
What happened to "I'll get back to you".....It has worked since the invention of the telephone....

11:50AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

thank u!

9:54AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

great! it's high time to do it!

9:18PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Most people can't even multitask enough to handle a manual transmission, with many often having near misses and collisions just talking on a phone let alone fiddling with it.

9:12PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

I do not text nor use my cell phone while driving... I've learned to embrace and enjoy driving slowly - and carefully- watching everything - and always checking my rear view mirror...
I'm Driving Defensively....

I leave early, drive slowly and arrive safely and feel great.

Please just drive people... it's totally cool.. relaxing and fun.

9:02PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

The driver who almost hit me had been stopped. The light was green for me.

She came within 2 feet of hitting me.

I am grateful for divine protection.

Was she texting?

9:00PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Thank you for the information.

6:03PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

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