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PSAs to Improve Student Driving

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This year students at Spanish Springs High School made it their mission to make local roads safer.

The students in the Spanish Springs C3 Media Academy did some research on distracted driving and driving without a seatbelt, and found out that these things were happening too often at their school. So they spent the last few months creating public service announcements to curb the problem.

"We really wanted to focus on how to prevent accidents that could happen with texting or driving distracted," SSHS Junior Sam Ruebush said.

"I was hoping the kids would not only learn how to produce PSAs, but also get something more out of it," SSHS media teacher Mike Bowers said.

The student-made PSAs aired for three weeks on the campus TV station, and then the class went back out to see if they had any effect. They said after watching the videos, student drivers who wore seatbelts went up by more than six percent.

The students said they were excited to learn some new skills and help the community.

"It feels really cool," Ruebush said, "because you feel like you're helping people and possibly saving a life."

The Nevada Office of Traffic Safety helped fund this program and two other similar programs at Reno High School and Damonte Ranch High School.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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