Thiells teens get terrifying texting-while-driving lesson

Some teenagers in Thiells got a gruesome look at the potential dangers of text messaging while driving as emergency responders and school officials held a mock car accident to give students a visual reminder of what could happen when you text and drive.

A mock car crash was set up in the parking lot of Fieldstone Secondary School for a group of ninth graders that gives a realistic representation of what could happen to those who text while driving, complete with bloodied actors and smashed vehicles.

Haverstraw Police Chief Charles Miller has had to inform parents who have lost children in car crashes, and says that Tuesday's lesson could help prevent similar conversations in the future.

Ninth-grader Abigail Jacquet says that the study helped drive home the message of the dangers of sending a text on the road. "If you have your phone with you and somebody texts you, leave it alone," Jacquet says. "You don't need to be texting and driving and put others in danger."

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