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Message to New Drivers: Don't Text

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Kennewick, WA- Driving a car isn't a multi-tasking activity.

That's the point Kennewick Police Sergeant Ken Kattin made today when he rode his motorcycle into the Kennewick High School auditorium, texting as he stepped off his bike.

Sergeant Lattin and the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission are targeting high school sophomores who will become new drivers this year.

Lattin says texting and talking on cell phones while driving are among  the most common mistakes by young drivers.

"Your eyes can only focus on one thing at a time. If you focus on that tiny screen on your phone, everything else is blurry. It takes your eyes just that fraction of a second to refocus as you look back to the windshield."

The high school sophomores also heard from Rena Sherril, a woman from western Washington who has been speaking to teenage drivers for the past eight years. Sherrill's young son died in a crashed caused by a drunken driver.