The Campus Activities Board held a No Cell Phone Zone event on Tuesday in front of the Campus Center.
The goal of the event was to raise awareness about texting and driving.
“I think a lot of people don’t realize … you are affecting others as well as yourself (when you text and drive),” said Nicole Wood, a CAB officer.
Student volunteers wereblindfolded and held signs with stories of accidents attributed to texting while driving.
Wood and CAB Vice Chairwoman Jamie Ondatje encouraged people to sign an oath that they will pull over to text or call, use hands-free devices when calling and driving or to not text at all.
The signed oaths were then hung in the CAB tent.
Sophomore political science and economics major Ava Jahanvash came to the table to sign the No Cell Phone Zone oath.
“I think texting and driving is a new phenomenon in this generation,” Jahanvash said.
“It is cool that this event is on campus because it targets students.”
Also available at the table were bumper stickers which read “Don’t Tempt F8 That Text Can W8,” “This Vehicle is a No Phone Zone” and “No phone zone.”
“Texting is not so important as to put people’s life at risk,” Wood said.
As students entered the Campus Center, they could not help but notice the CAB tent right outside and went over to ask about the event.
“Although the stories on these boards may seem sad they are real,” Ondatje said.
The blindfolded volunteers held the signs in shifts for people who passed by to read the devastating stories about the effects of texting and driving.
One story was about a girl named Kayla who died in a car accident because she was texting and driving.
“It is a powerful event because both adults and teenagers have pressing lives, said freshman biology major Christian Pickett.
“They get calls and text messages while driving.”
“Their car is a weapon, and anything can happen in a split second.”
“Being a part of this event has made me reflect on texting and driving,” freshman biology major Kristelle Valdellon said.
“I don’t want to do it anymore.”
This is the second year that CAB put on the No Phone Zone event.
“We would like to make this event an annual thing,” Wood said.
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