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Local Education

June 10, 2013

Students' safe driving PSA wins contest


While the message is important, having their PSA story idea selected and turned into a commercial at all, Hendershot said, was awesome in and of itself.

He just joined SADD this year after a friend at Pendleton Heights High School invited him to meeting. And he said the group is fun while providing good lessons to the community about making safe choices.

Like the public service announcement.

“It was fun to be with all the people from the different SADD groups in the county,” Hendershot said.

Macee Sandefur, a junior at Frankton High School next year, said she’s learned that even the little things can cause distractions.

“It was actually really an eye opener even for me...” she said. “Most kids think ‘it won’t happen to me.’”

But she added that it can and that peers need to think hard about their decisions.

According to an AT&T poll, 43 percent of teens admitted to texting while driving.

But it’s not just teens doing it. That figure was even larger amongst adults at 49 percent.

That takes eyes off the road for a minimum of five seconds at a time, and if a person is driving at 55 mph, that five seconds equals out to driving about the length of a football field without looking at the road, according to

Sandefur said “no message is worth your life.” One good decision can save a life, she added.

Madison County’s SADD chapter received a $500 grant for the PSA and the group that received Indiana SADD chapter of the year is now up for the national title.

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