News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Students at North Augusta High School are taking a pledge to stop texting and driving.
Subway is partnering up with the South Carolina Highway Patrol to talk to students around the state about the dangers of texting behind the wheel. The program's called "W8 2 Text: Don't Abbreviate Your Life."
The students heard from a 20-year-old girl from Greenville who nearly died after texting and driving last year.
"I really feel like I got a second chance at life and it's my responsibility to warn others about the dangers of texting and driving because I survived," said Ashley Marriah, a victim seriously injured after a June 2011 wreck.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones says he hopes the message gets through to them.
"They make up a small percentage of drivers on our roadways but they make up a big percentage of the drivers that's being killed on our roadways," Judd said.
Students signed a board, pledging not to put their lives in danger. The schools with the most pledges by April will get a Subway party and have lunch catered at their school.