AAA along with "Seventeen Magazine" and the Department of Transportation urges teenagers to quit a bad habit through a special initiative.
There’s texting, and there’s driving. Then there’s the deadly combination of both. According to AAA, 60% of teen drivers surveyed talk on the phone while driving. Out of them, 28% text.
"I sometimes text and drive and I know you shouldn’t do it," says Chris Hillis, Zanesville High School Junior.
Zanesville High School Junior, Chandre Franklin says, "it’s a bad habit but at the same time, most teens do it and it’s just something that we shouldn’t do."
While teens are aware of the dangers of texting and driving, they explain why it doesn’t seem to stop some of them.
"They think, oh my gosh, I got a message, got to check it. Teens are getting addicted to a phone or an iPod just something silly," says Zanesville High School student, Katie Hobart.
"Texting is how we communicate, so when we’re going somewhere it’s just the thing," says Ashley Dobbins, Zanesville High School Senior.
Looking away from the roadway doubles the chance of getting in an accident, which is enough for some teens to stay away from texting from behind the wheel all-together.
"I don’t text and drive. I’m easily distracted anyway so for me to text and drive is just no, I wouldn’t do it," says Dobbins.
Franklin says, "I’ve almost been in an accident because of that. It was quite scary and I will try to never do it again."
AAA’s message is clear. It only takes two seconds to turn off your phone. The same amount of time that being distracted could cause an accident. That’s why AAA is asking teens to turn off their phone before turning the ignition.
"We’re urging them to turn off their cell phones and don’t get distracted. Pay attention while in the vehicle," says Rhoda Collins, AAA Store Manager.
In national "Two Second Turn Off Day," AAA hopes all teens remember the importance of paying attention to the roadway, and not their cell phone.
"Puts themselves at risk. Puts the other drivers at risk, and it’s just really dangerous to take your eyes off the road while driving," says Collins.