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Safe Driver Pledge

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

"I think it's a good idea; it's a real big problem I know," says Alyson Janes, a senior at Parkersburg High School. "I see teenagers driving and texting or even talking on the phone almost more than everyday."

"It's obviously a problem, people are texting and driving and getting into accidents and causing other people to get into accidents. I sometimes have a habit of talking on my phone and driving," says Blake Walls, also a senior at PHS.

The governor's goal is to do everything in his power to make sure Mountain State motorists keep their eyes on the road.

"Trying to get kids to not be distracted while they're driving," says PHS driver's education teacher Bernie Buttrey. "There's a lot of other things besides their phone that can do that, but the phone seems to be the number one thing."

Getting a driver's license is a rite of passage but driving safely is another story. Governor Tomblin wants teens and adults in West Virginia to take the safe driver pledge.

“I think it's definitely something we need to encourage not only the kids in driver's ed, but kids in the rest of the school,” Buttrey says. “Of course it's not just for kids; I think that's kind of the focus for the governor, but it's for anyone. The governor himself has actually signed the pledge.”

Take the pledge, don't be another statistic.

“Would definitely sign because you know, car crashes are the number one killer of teens,” says PHS senior Merrill Tebay.

Distracted drivers 16 to 19 account for the highest risk of fatalities, more than any other age group.

“If you sign something, it's going to make you more likely to think about it everyday when you get in the car or like, think before you send that text behind the wheel, because that could end up taking yours or someone else's life,” Tebay says.


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