Students pledge not to text and drive

DUNCAN, OK (KSWO)- Students at Duncan High School learned about the dangers of driving and Driving this Friday.
The school hosted its annual "Don't Text and Drive Assembly" Friday morning.

Organizers said the event focuses not only on the dangers of texting and driving, but also on the importance of avoiding any distractions while behind the wheel.

"It can wait, honestly. One text is not going to kill you if you just wait until you get to your destination," said Duncan High School Junior Natalie McKinney.

Duncan High School Librarian and Leadership Advisor Savannah Bowers added, "You never think that it's going to happen to you. That's why you need to really be aware at all times and that's what we're trying to bring across today."

Trooper Chris Ellison was also among the assembly's speakers. He reminded students that they not only put themselves in danger if they text and drive, but they risk the lives of other drivers as well.

He said, "That's what we really want to get across. The danger that it is to drive home; that their parents want to see them come home at the end of the day; they don't want to get a call or have us showing up at their doorstep."

In 2013, which was the last year statistics were available, more than 3,000 people died nationwide in crashes caused by distracted drivers.