Do anti texting and driving campaigns work on teens? - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Do anti texting and driving campaigns work on teens?

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Residents react to missing machete man

    Residents react to missing machete man

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:07 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:07:17 GMT
    Police are still searching for a possibly armed suspect, 26-year-old Jeffrey Wegener in Oregon and Ripley counties in Missouri, along with Randolph county in Arkansas. 
    Police are still searching for a possibly armed suspect, 26-year-old Jeffrey Wegener in Oregon and Ripley counties in Missouri, along with Randolph county in Arkansas. Wegener stole an Oregon County Sheriff Department deputy's truck Sunday night and drove it into the Eleven Point River.
  • Arrested doctor was certified to practice medicine

    Arrested doctor was certified to practice medicine

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:51:59 GMT
    PARAGOULD, AR  (KAIT) – A Greene County doctor charged with five counts of video voyeurism was certified to practice, according to online records. A civil lawsuit filed last week against Dr. Paul Becton,
    A Greene County doctor charged with five counts of video voyeurism was certified to practice in the field of OB/GYN, according to online records.
  • New images show stowaway teen's footprints

    New images show stowaway teen's footprints

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:08 AM EDT2014-04-23 09:08:50 GMT
    Sources say the stowaway teen from San Jose passed not one, not two, but three pre-flight inspections. New images show the boy's footprint on the wheel of the aircraft were he stepped to climb up into
    Sources say the stowaway teen from San Jose passed not one, not two, but three pre-flight inspections.
CAPE GIRARDEAU (KFVS) -

You’ve probably seen the commercials encouraging drivers not to text behind the wheel.

But some young drivers might not be listening to the message.

Some young teen drivers said they don’t do it, but others say despite the commercials and awareness, they still see their peers texting and driving.

Some said it’s tempting because your phone is right there in the car. Others said they’re actually on the lookout for other drivers who are focused on their phone and not the road.

"I always feel like I'm going to get a ticket when I text and drive so I usually don’t," said 17-year-old Taylor Richmond. Richmond has been driving for about two years.

"I think it's normal and they're going to do it regardless of what anybody tells them, that's just how teenagers are," said 19-year-old Adam James. James has been driving for about three years.

"I think it's stupid, I don't know why you would do it, because you're driving your going somewhere, why do you need to text someone," said 16-year-old Amber Bergman. Bergman has been driving for about 3 weeks.

"A lot of teenagers do it whether they say they do or not,” said 19-year-old Jon Winkler. Winkler has been driving for about three years.

Some of the teens say commercials and ads don’t make a lot of difference in putting an end to texting and driving because they don’t think people watch them.

Other teens said when members of law enforcement talk at their school, it can have an impact.

Now would they ever tell their friends to stop texting and driving?

"We usually don't say anything, it's their choice, their car, if they get in a wreck, yeah we're at risk but I don't know it's like a social faux pas," said Richmond.

"I try, I get a little nervous when they do," said Winkler.

"It never comes up ever," said James.

"Probably not because I don't want to make them angry, upset them, I don't want to tell them what to do,” said Bergman.

Copyright 2013 KFVS. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.