SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – This is the fourth year that WDTN and Dayton CW have traveled to local high schools for the Wait 2 Text program. It’s an initiative that stresses the importance of not texting and driving.
Thursday, the team traveled to Sidney High School where they were met by a few hundred juniors and seniors.
“Nearly half of all high school students 16 and up, you are texting and using your phone to some extent”, said WDTN morning anchor Holly Samuels.
Harsh words matched the reality of what can happen when a driver is distracted. “Hopefully this is sending a message you should not text and drive, it causes serious injury and sometimes death,”said Art Elk, managing partner of the law firm Elk and Elk, Wait 2 Text sponsor. AT and T is a supporter of the campaign.
School administrators prepared students for Friday’s prom by setting up a mock crash in the morning, followed by the Wait 2 Text talk.
“I see it all the time when I’m driving”, said Sidney art teacher Kelly Walker. “Kids driving into school and I know exactly what they are doing. Teens think they are invincible.”
If you are interested in your high school participating in the Wait 2 Text program for the coming school year, contact Jason Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.