Students learn about consequences of texting and driving

When it comes to texting, high school students say it's second nature.

"I think it goes under the radar because it's something we've grown up with. It's just part of culture at this point," said Trent Mochel, a student at Warwick Veterans Memorial High School.

NBC 10 watched the "NBC 10 Cares Town Hall Meeting: Impact of Texting" special with students at Warwick Vets on Wednesday night.

Some of the students have their driver's licenses; some have their permits. It seems they've all heard the warnings about texting.

A University of Michigan study found one-quarter of teens surveyed said they respond to a text message at least once, every time they drive.

"In a way it's kind of selfish because you're not only putting your life in danger, you're putting other people on the road in danger," student Aaron Austin said.

These students said they have not texted while driving, but have been in cars with friends who have.

Lauren Smith said she once took the phone away from a friend.

"It was uncomfortable, but you kind of just have to take the phone away from them and tell them your life really is important," Smith said. "In the long run, you're kind of really helping them because it could possibly save their life."

Even though students seem to have gotten the message, there were parts of the special that re-enforced it.

"They pointed out that it's more dangerous than drunk driving, and I think that's really important," student Catherine Enos said.

Some also say tougher punishment would go a long way, too.

"There should be more of those consequences and more laws. I definitely think people will think twice about what they do on the road if the consequences are greater," student Adam Dorsey said.