3,000 Alabama students take the pledge to never text and drive

Students at Montevallo High School listen to ABC 33/40's Brenda Ladun and Cory McGinnis discuss the dangers of distracted driving, Tuesday, October 15, 2013. (

Young lives across central Alabama are being taken too soon. The culprit, in many cases, is texting while driving. That is{}the message ABC 33/40 is taking to local high schools.

Our "don't text and drive" campaign, has already changed the mind-sets of thousands of teenagers. Teenagers and adults are getting the message that texting and driving is a deadly combination.

Chelsea High School student Daniel Fraunfelder said, "I am definitely not texting and driving, absolutely, because its important, for sure."

We've taken our campaign to nearly a dozen schools, from Tuscaloosa across the state to Ragland.

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said, "My job requires me to carry three different phones.{} All day long I'm getting text messages and emails but even{}I have to delay responding to them, until{}I get to my destination."

"If one of them hesitates, stops and doesn't text and drive then we've saved one other teenager from a tragic mistake," said Chelsea High School Principal Wayne Trucks.

Six weeks into our campaign and{}3,000 students have taken the pledge, to put down the phone and keep their eyes on the road.

Gardendale High School Senior, Hannah Haygood said, "You don't ever realize how dangerous it is when you're doing it. It seems so harmless but it can do so much."

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department is one of eleven law enforcement agencies that have joined us on our visits to local high schools.

"Are goal in law enforcement is to protect lives, save lives, it is not to give tickets, " said Sheriff Chris Curry. "It is not to give people a hard time and cost them money but we don't want to go to those horrible scenes."

"One seemingly innocent act can not only effect their life but the lives of others," said Trucks.

Our message is simple, yet big. It can wait.