Central Florida teens pledge to drive safe

State Farm's Celebrate My Drive initiative pushes students to not text, drive

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More Central Florida teens are promising not to text and drive as part of a nationwide initiative.

State Farm's Celebrate My Drive initiative includes 400 events nationwide for teen drivers. The school with the most pledges wins a $100,000 grant.

"We're very under budget right now, so we really could use some extra money," said East Ridge High School Leadership Teacher Tessine Moses.

Winners will also get a concert by Kelly Clarkson. In 2012, Boone High School won and as of Wednesday morning, they are in fourth place nationwide.

The events teach positive driving habits instead of focusing on the danger of crashes and using other scare tactics, such as being put under the wheel of under the influence go-carts, simulating driving drunk.

There are also texting and driving apps to help them focus on the roads and off their phones.

"As teens we think we are invincible," said East Ridge High School student Austin Boam. "Bring them to reality because we are still learning to drive."

The campaign runs through Saturday and winners will be announced in December. For more information on how to pledge, visit Celebrate my drive's website.

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