The Decorah High School Football Team tried to run a play blindfolded to demonstrate the impact of texting while driving during an assembly Tuesday afternoon. (Submitted photo)
The Decorah High School Community Club helped kick off a three-month, community-wide campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.
During an assembly Tuesday afternoon, Club members shared powerful information with the student body, urging them to "X the text" by pledging not to text and drive. Some of the statistics they shared included:
Texting while driving makes it 23 times more likely you'll crash
Texting is like driving after having four beers
Texting takes your eyes off the road, and at 55 mile per hours, it's like driving the length of a football field blind
Texting while driving kills 11 teenagers every day
Texting while driving is considered the most dangerous form of distraction because it involves the hands, the eyes and the mind.
Sending a voice-controlled message is not safer. Using the voice control to send a text results in higher mental demand as well as more frequent and longer glances away from the road.
During the assembly, members of the DHS drum line performed and students debuted a jingle written by DHS music theory student Noah Klammer.
The football team tried to run a play blindfolded to demonstrate the impact of texting while driving. Teachers were lined up on defense and science teacher Brad Johansen intercepted the pass. All students received a bright green thumb band to remind them of the dangers of texting and driving.
Many local sponsors are contributing to the cause and pledge cards and thumb bands will be available at local businesses throughout the campaign.