CHP warns students about distracted driving

The California Highway Patrol’s office in Madera set out to teach students about the hazards of driving without paying full attention to the road.

At Madera High School’s cafeteria, CHP spokesman Officer Josh McConnell went into detail discussing driving recklessly, or while distracted. In his lecture, he listed talking on the phone, texting, and loud music among the frequent causes of car accidents with young drivers.

During his speech, McConnell mentioned how his own daughter was in an accident while talking on the phone and driving. He also recounted the 2007 death of Liberty High student Donovan Tessmer, 16, who was killed in an accident when his girlfriend was driving.

“I’m begging you to make a choice,” McConnell said. “Make the right choice.”