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Deere four wheeler helps teach perils of texting and driving

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Students drove a Deere four wheeler and attempted to text as part of an Ohio marketing class' assignment.
Students drove a Deere four wheeler and attempted to text as part of an Ohio marketing class' assignment.

Ohio high school students had fun Tuesday while learning a valuable lesson: Driving and texting is unsafe.

While attempting to negotiate an obstacle course behind the wheel of a John Deere four wheeler, students at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center attempted to write: "I think I can text and drive" on their phones, the Columbus Dispatch reports. A marketing class set up the course as part of a public relations campaign assignment. The students opted to explore that topic when results from a survey indicated three of four students and teachers send at least one text per day while driving.

"We saw it as a big issue in our community," Candace Dove, an 18-year-old student in the marketing group, told the publication. "I know a lot of my friends have gotten into accidents because of it."

Driving and texting is legal in Lewis Center but Columbus passed a citywide ban. Dove said the marketing group plans to approach government officials to address the issue.

"I think the majority of the students today would have gotten into an accident," Dove said.

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