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Published November 10, 2010, 05:11 PM

Youth Commission Wants Peers To Stop Texting & Driving

The Grand Forks Youth Commission is working on creating more awareness about texting and driving.

The Grand Forks Youth Commission is working on creating more awareness about texting and driving. Area teens say they like the new city-wide texting and driving ban, but it will take some time to sink in.

During these youth commission meetings, teens from Grand Forks High Schools and Middle Schools are working together to talk about subjects that are affecting their fellow students, such as the texting ban.

Nearly 87 percent of students in Grand Forks have a cell phone, and 26 percent of those say they text while driving... even with a texting ban in place. That's according to a recent survey. The Grand Forks youth commission wants to stop the illegal texting.

"Of course I think people are doing it because I think people can be ignorant and nonchalant about the situation," said Joseph Lee a senior at Red River.

"I think its going to take a little bit for people to get adjusted and for people to realize around their peers and to tell their peers to stop," said Jordyn Fugere who is a senior at Red River.

Youth commission members are trying to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving.

"I think people are getting the idea that it's not a good idea to do it; it's unsafe," said Lee.

And one student says it doesn't matter if you're a student or an adult.

"A 15 dollar fine isn't going to do a lot but but learning from your peers that its not OK and not exceptable works a lot better," said Fugere.

The commission is also planning to talk to elementary school students about the dangers of texting while driving.

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