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Students Take The Ultimate Texting While Driving Test

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The College of Southern Idaho's Phi Theta Kappa is encouraging students to put down their phone while in a vehicle.

The club is raising awareness through a no texting while driving campaign.

Turn after turn, students looking down at their phones to get the last word in, while sending a text message to a friend.

"We decided to take on this campaign because it's a really big problem around out community and it's a big problem around the whole country” said Sarah Tetzloff President, Phi Theta Kappa.

Students at CSI got behind the wheel of a golf court and mazed through an obstacle course with one hand on the wheel, and the other gripping a phone.

Jessica Thatcher attempted the texting while driving challenge and failed while looking down at her phone.

She admits this wasn't her first time texting while on the road.

"I have to admit I have been one of those people, but I've also seen incidents were people are on the freeway and their texting, were going 75-mph and this is probably not the place to do it” said Jessica Thatcher Student, College of Southern Idaho.

"We want to make people understand why it's so dangerous to do it why their taking their eyes off the road for so long, when they don't really understand the reaction when you get a text message you go for it right away even if you're in a car, we want people to think about it when were driving and not reach for their phone” said Sarah Tetzloff President, Phi Theta Kappa.

An organization reaching out to the community educating drivers on why Idaho has a texting while driving ban.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, the Sauer family of Caldwell, whose daughter Taylor was killed last year while texting and driving, will speak in room 118 of the Shields building.


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