Teens ask drivers to commit to safe habits
DeKALB – DeKalb High School junior Maddy Johnson figures the dangers of adjusting music and texting while driving are bigger than most people realize.
“I would say music is another big thing too,” Johnson said of the growing trend of handheld devices connecting with car speakers to play music. “You’re really involved with the phone even if you’re not texting. You’re still looking down, trying to change what song it is.”
Johnson and 34 other students are participating in a State Farm Insurance initiative called Celebrate My Drive, designed to spread awareness about teen driving safety. About 2,800 U.S. and Canadian high schools are competing for 90 $25,000 grants and 10 $100,000 grants. The grand prize is a hometown concert by Grammy Award-winning singer Kelly Clarkson.
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