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Student project shows dangers of cell phone use while driving

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What kind of impact can a group of kids have on City Hall? 

Some sixth graders hope they can save some lives. 

Texting and driving gets a lot of attention, but all forms of cell phone use while driving can be dangerous.

Mr. Stoody's sixth grade social studies class at St. John the Evangelist School in Fenton tackled that problem as a class project. It's something many see every time they're in a car, drivers using cell phones while driving.

"Somebody threw out the idea of using cell phone use behind the wheel in Fenton. We didn't know if that had actually happened, so we had to go through research and when we found out how big of a scale and how wide this was happening in Fenton, it was a project that we just jumped on," said Jacob Keeley, student.

Through student surveys the sixth graders found that 92 percent of the students taking the survey saw their parents texting or calling while driving. Among the surveys, 87 percent of the students said there should be a law against handheld cell phone usage while driving in the city of Fenton.

The students worked all year on this project and last Monday they came to city hall to present council with their findings.

"It felt good cause they're not like, 'oh you're sixth graders, we don't care, you're not adults.' But they actually listened and they were impressed. So that makes me feel good," said Gwen Feamster, student.

Parents who were in the audience said the council really looked engaged during the students presentation.

The students said whether city council acts on their idea or not, what they learned doing the project was all worth it. 

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