Cardinal Mooney High School students in Eileen Bacha's Honors English 11 class have initiated a campaign to alert their classmates to the dangers of texting while driving. The weeklong effort started with two assemblies in the school auditorium on Monday, Nov. 12.
Speakers at the assemblies included Tina Yanssens, whose father was struck and killed by a texting driver while walking in southern Mahoning County. She alerted students to the impact of their actions should they choose to text and drive, not only to themselves but also to their families and the families of their victims. Judges Theresa Dellick and Diane Vettori, along with representatives of the Ohio Highway Patrol, explained the legal ramifications and the process that they will encounter should they choose to text while behind the wheel.
The second element of the "One Text One Life" campaign was a weeklong effort encouraging students to sign a Non-Texting pledge. Each day of the week of Nov. 12 through Nov. 16, members of the organizing committee were available in the cafeteria to encourage and assist students to sign pledge forms indicating their support of the campaign and to encourage others to join them in combating the dangers of texting while driving an automobile.