Bennett Middle College Gets Texting /Driving Prevention Grant

12:41 AM, Feb 23, 2011   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Teenagers are sharing the importance of safe driving and hanging up the phone while behind the wheel. 

The Middle College at Bennett is one of two schools in Guilford County that won a State Farm Insurance Ignition Grant for safe driving programs. They got a check for $2,000 during Tuesday night's Black History program. They'll use the money for their program called "I Am Not Textually Active."

One of the project leaders, Darnella Reeder, said they'll use the money to create other public service projects and to get other materials to encourage people not to text and drive. Reeder said she feels there's an important lesson to be learned in the message they're trying to share. "I personally have seen people text while drive and, they haven't gotten hurt but, its just, you know, the thought of how close they were to being hurt... which tells me I don't want anyone close to me, or even myself, to be hurt."

Reeder also wants people to know the texting while driving lesson isn't just for teens. "We're telling these teens that they can go tell their parents or tell their peers no texting while driving. That's what I want people to get out of it, if they didn't get anything else out of it, to make sure that texting while driving is not something that will benefit you or anyone else."

It's not too late for you to take the Great Hang Up pledge to put down your phone when behind the wheel. To take the pledge yourself, click here.

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