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Survey Shows Many Bulldogs Text While Driving

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PASCO, Wash. A survey conducted at Pasco High School suggests many teenagers text while driving, even though they know they shouldn't.

Members of the leadership group Deca say the survey motivated them to hold Thursday's assembly to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

Out of the 200 students sampled, about 20 percent admit they've texted friends and family while driving. More than 80 percent have been a passenger in a car where the driver is texting.

"I don't do it because I cannot drive while texting at the same time," says Deca member Laura Delgado. "But my best friend checks twitter when she's driving, which stresses me out."

"Even with the law passed in 2010, the reality is people are still texting while driving," says Washington State Patrol trooper Andres Martinez. He spoke at the assembly and reminded the students they face a $124 fine if they're caught texting while driving.


Thursday's assembly is part of Deca's campaign "Don't Wreck Your Text."