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Manteca High teens spread safety word
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Students of the Manteca High College Prep Club was at Sequoia Elementary School on Thursday, handing out bookmarks to students and holding up signs to remind parents to watch out for children crossing the street. - photo by Photo Contributed

They took their message of promoting safe driving Thursday to Sequoia Elementary School.

Students of the Manteca High College Prep Club are involved with the Safety Center and Allstate Foundation-sponsored Teen Safe Driving Campaign.

At Sequoia, they handed out bookmarks to students, sharing the message to always buckle up when they’ve in the car.

Others held up signs, reminding youngsters at Sequoia to look both ways before crossing the street and for parents to also watch for kids, according to advisor Nina Norton.

She noted that MHS club’s slogan is: “Our slogan is ‘Stay Alive – Don’t Text and Drive.”

Throughout the month, the College Prep Club has been delivering daily announcements at the school about ‘Distracted Driving and Safe Driving.’

They’ve also warned about drowsy driving, especially during their time of taking midterms, as being a big distraction among young drivers.

According to the Safe Center, distracted driving is the cause for 18 percent of teen crashes.

This includes those being on their cell phone while behind the wheel, engaged in conversation or text messaging.

The Teen Safe Driving Campaign was created as a positive teen-to-teen driving effort, reinforcing safe decisions and reducing distracted driving on young motorists.

Following the break, the College Prep Club will resume the campaign with Twitter Day on March 28.

They’ll look to use this form of social media to get the word out by re-tweeting “Stay Alive – Don’t Text and Drive” at least 1,000 times.

The group, in addition, is planning a ‘White Out’ game on April 3 at Winters Gym during MHS boys volleyball match to further promote safe driving message.


To contact reporter Vince Rembulat, e-mail