Durant stresses dangers of texting while driving for national "Drive 4 Pledges" day

By: Steven Powell Email
By: Steven Powell Email

DURANT, OK -- As a former trauma center nurse practitioner, Myna Laughlin has seen some disturbing accidents.

"And the trauma that can be caused because of these accidents, whether it be the person themselves texting, or the accident caused by someone actually texting while driving," she said.

Which is why she preaches the dangers of texting and driving as a regular part of her pediatric clinic.

"Of course, all of them bring in their cell-phones with them. And of course, that is one of the questions I ask them," she said.

Seventy-five percent of teens say texting and driving is common, according to AT&T.

It's one reason why Durant High School participated in national "Drive 4 Pledges" day - a day set aside to remind all drivers texting can wait until you're not behind the wheel.

"Once against just taking seriously our responsibility in helping students to understand that they make life-changing decisions every day," said principal Cheryl Conditt. "We all do."

The school showed a video about the dangers of texting while driving - and it hit home with a lot of students.

"I think it's really important not to text and drive because you don't know who's gonna be walking on the street, or who's gonna be on the road or anything," said Kaitlyn Farr.

Conditt said it's a point they can't make enough.

"Our students safety is always important to us," she said.

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