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Greenwich, CT | Added on March 13, 2014 At 06:42 PM

Texting while driving is such a quick decision, but can have such lasting effects. 

According to the Save a Life Tour, in 2012, over 3,000 people were killed and more than 400,000 people were injured due to distracted driving accidents.

Greenwich High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) held a safe driving assembly Thursday morning.

"The big thing for us is that we want to remind them that what they do behind the wheel is their choice, it is easily forgotten because it is just part of our daily lives in getting in the car and going where we need to, but we want to remind them that it's the choice that they make behind the wheel that can have the most tremendous repercussions for their lives and for the community around them," said Clay Martin, Tour Manager for the Save a Life Tour.

And since they are new drivers, it is especially important to target high school age drivers.

"They're the ones who just recently got their license or are going to get it so they are most at risk," said Martin. "They've had cellphones as such an integral part of their lives for so long but they are in the biggest risk group for distracted driving crashes, so right here is where you can have the biggest impact for leading a long and safe life after making that right choice."

Part of the safe driving assembly was to experience what it feels like to drive while impaired or distracted.

"It's pretty eye-opening considering how many kids text and drive," said Greenwich High School Junior Philip Glasser. "It's definitely a scare tactic, I know that I don't personally text and drive but I am sure it will scare kids into not doing it."

Kids may not text and drive while the vehicle is in motion, but according to many students it still happens at red lights or stop signs. A new state law, which was passed in October, expanded the ban on driver's use of cell phones to include use even when the vehicle is temporarily stopped.

"Usually kids will just respond to a message when they get to a stop sign or stop light but I'm definitely going to start just putting it in my pocket and forgetting about it now," said Glasser.

Students were all invited to take a pledge at the end of the assembly to support safe driving.

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