High school students pledge to not drive while 'intexticated'

Apr 7, 2014 7:12 PM

Texting and driving is a gamble that you just can't win.

"There were over 400,000 people at the end of 2012 that were injured as a result of distracted driving, and about 3,300 people that were actually killed in fatalities," said Anderson Police Department Public Information Officer Casey Day.

That's the message that a Redding law firm is sending out to teen drivers.

Attorney Todd Slaughter says that 20% of their cases stem from distracted driving, many involving cell phone usage.

"We've had cars explode because of the high velocity impact. We've had several deaths. We've had cases involving big rig trucks," Slaughter said.

That's why they're teaming up with Dutch Bros. Coffee to have local high school students sign a certificate of commitment against 'intexticated' driving.

In exchange, they can turn in their pledges for free beverages.

Local law enforcement agencies are not taking these violations lightly.

They say that using a cell phone while driving can delay your reactions as much as having a blood alcohol content of 0.08.

The last information that I was aware of, it was approximately $159 for the first violation and then $279 for each subsequent violation," Day said.

The Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency adds that hands-free devices offer no safety benefits.

The best policy is to just put your cell phone away when you're on the road.


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