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Students Take Graphic Measures to Show Dangers of Distracted Driving

Out of all the billions of text messages sent out a day around the U.S., about half of all teens admit they're sending them out while they're driving.
It's not everyday you have outlines of victims on your school floor, so it's  a bit of a shock for Jim Ned students as they walk the halls.

"That's a lot of things to take in," said Britney Gabay who helped with a class project to show the dangers of distracted driving.

But it's all to prove a point.

One class has placed them all around the school to graphically show the worst case scenario of distracted driving.

"I mean just be aware of what the dangers are out there," said another student involved with the project.

Out of all the billions of text messages sent out a day around the U.S., about half of all teens admit they're sending them out while they're driving.

But this group of students realized when it comes to Jim Ned, its not just texting.

"We figured out that a lot of people were eating and a lot of people just had devices out and a couple were on the phone," said Gabay.

Imagine you're driving and you get a text.

On average just reading that text message or writing back can distract you from driving for more than four seconds, which may not seem like much, but when it comes to driving, those four seconds can make all the difference.

"Texting and driving is not a very smart idea," said one of the students involved. 

Especially on busy roads like this one right behind the school where the group observed drivers go twice as fast as the 20 mph speed limit.

"And that road is being used for not only going home, it's also used for going to the football field," said Gabay.

So for a whole week they're laying down the line.

They're hoping each imaginary victim doesn't become the real thing.
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