Survey finds nearly 90% of Midland parents text and drive

Published: May. 1, 2018 at 12:17 PM CDT
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Local app developers are giving people a reason to put down their phones while driving.

Owners of the phone app, Safe-2-Save, conducted a survey on local students about their driving habits.

The survey found that 87% of students from Midland High said their parents text and drive daily or at least three times a week.

Seventy-three percent of young people surveyed at UTPB, Odessa College, Permian High School and Midland High said they Snap and drive.

The recent survey also found there is more of an apathy towards the danger of looking at phone while driving in Midland and Odessa than in larger cities.

Keeping the survey's findings in mind, the group is on a mission to make a change. Sarah Duran, the Permian Basin representative for Safe-2-Save says every time you get behind the wheel, you have to make a choice.

"We have a choice to say we're not going to do this. We're so consumed with our everyday emails, texts and friends. High schoolers are worried about where they're going to go eat lunch,” Duran said “Ultimately, we’re doing this to spread awareness and protect our loved one."

Safe-2-Save partners with businesses to motivate drivers to keep their phone set to the side. Every time you put your phone down for a trip, you earn points towards freebies from participating businesses.

People that download the Safe-2-Save app now and enter in the code snapsafely, you'll get 500 free points.