Students work to end texting while driving

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- High school students from local public and private schools came together Wednesday to tackle the problem of texting and driving.

Students worked in groups to examine a proposed law that would ban the practice.

They also brainstormed penalties for the offense.

At the end of the day, the students presented their proposals to the judges.

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"Many of them say they text and drive and that their friends text and drive, so they are intimately involved with it," explains Dr. Debra Brathwaite of Richland School District One. "So they know what can happen if you do that."

Follow-up activities for the students will include initiating no texting while driving campaigns in their schools.