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By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email 

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A lot of people are guilty of it, and even though it is against the law in Georgia, people still do it. We're talking about texting and driving and one group of high school students is trying to stop it.

One organization at Shaw High School is called RADD, Raiders Against Destructive Decisions, and they tell us texting and driving is one of the most destructive decisions teens can make. That's why they are launching a campaign to encourage fellow students to put down their phones while driving.

Young drivers will be the first to admit, they don't always pay attention to the road when they are behind the wheel.

Shaw High School junior Amber Ferguson told News Leader Nine, "It's because we have a lot of electronic distractions when it comes to being in a car, like iPods or cell phones and when people text us, we feel the urge to text back."

Ferguson says she has even had a close call because of the bad choices one driver made, "I've actually been in the car with someone who had been texting and we swerved off the road and almost got in a wreck, but somehow we didn't. We got lucky."

Now these young drivers are stepping up and asking their fellow classmates to pledge to stop texting while driving. They are also encouraging students to sign a pledge saying they will put down their phones when they get behind the wheel.

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