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Students host mock crash, battle distracted driving

Alissa Widman Neese • May 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM

One of this week's notes, from EHOVE:

Car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for teens, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A group of local high school seniors recently coordinated a campaign called Operation Reckless to confront the dangers of distracted driving, which causes many of these crashes. 

The students — Tessa Lamar, of Edison, Jessica Talbott, of New London, Mersaydeze Timbs, of Western Reserve and Alexandra Conley, of Western Reserve — earned $10,000 for the program, which was recognized by State Farm Insurance.

Operation Reckless coordinated a mock crash April 19 attended by all EHOVE students. The presentation included a mock crash video integrated into realistic, acted out scenes, as well as local speakers.

“One student said that she now sees how getting into an accident won’t affect just (her), it’ll affect a lot of other people too,” Conley said. “She also thanked us for doing what we did.”

The group has also made announcements during lunch, coordinated "seat belt checks," created banners and launched social media campaigns.

Click here to follow the team on Twitter and click here to like the team on Facebook.

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