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School Patrol: Students against destructive decisions

Posted at 9:22 AM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 10:22:28-05

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Gallatin High students had the chance to see what can happen if you text and drive.

On Wednesday, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Gallatin High School's criminal justice club and Monroe Carell Jr.'s Vanderbilt Children's Hospital teamed up to stress the importance that calls and texts can wait.

A recent study shows that from 2015 to 2017, Tennessee had the highest rates of distracted driving deaths in the country. More than half of all Tennessee teen drivers used a cell phone while driving, with one in four of them admitting to sending a text.

Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens. If even a handful of these students decide to drive distracted, then the job of all those involved was worth it.

Just this year, there have been 101 fatalities involving a teenage driver in Tennessee.