Let’s Talk About It — Beware the dangers of texting while driving

May 27, 2015

In an era dominated by technology, texting has become the go-to method of fast communication. Especially for teenagers, texting is present everywhere in our lives: when we’re at school, when we’re hanging out with friends, when we’re talking to parents and when we’re driving.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

The truth of the matter is that if someone were to say, “Don’t text while driving” and another person were to say, “Don’t drink while driving”, the latter person would be taken more seriously. It’s easy to downplay the dangers of texting, emailing or calling when driving because of the perceived benign nature of the cell phone compared to other substances, such as alcohol.

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The Beat — Student survey reveals driving habits

May 27, 2015

Whether sneaking a glance at your phone screen during a red light or blasting the latest single on the radio, most students can admit that they have been exposed to distractions while driving.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

It is also likely that such distractions were present with passengers in their cars.

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The Beat — Speed limits are not suggestions

May 27, 2015

It is an unfortunate tendency of many drivers to regard speed limit signs as suggestions.

Mathew Duff Issaquah High School

Mathew Duff
Issaquah High School

Whether they are trying to keep up with the flow of traffic, enjoy the thrilling adrenaline of velocity or are simply running late, drivers — especially teens — often pursue speeds in excess of the posted limit. We have a perception that of all the various dangerous driving habits, speeding is “not that bad.”

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The Beat — Drunken driving is not a good I.D.E.A.

May 27, 2015

Skyline High School students have built a reputation for being the drinkers of the district. In the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey, 23 percent of Skyline seniors reported binge drinking. These rates of youth alcohol abuse translate to more underage drunken drivers.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

In the past four years, there have been 233 DUI arrests in Sammamish, 40 percent of which were underage, according to the Sammamish Police Department. These are the tip of iceberg. The average drunken driver will drive 80 times before his or her first arrest, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Thirteen percent of Skyline students reported having ridden in the past month with a drunken driver.

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The Beat — Drowsy driving is like drunken driving

May 27, 2015

With a combination of late bedtimes and early school start times, drowsy driving puts teenage students at a high risk for car accidents.

Marissa Secreto Beat reporter

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic High School

Teenagers who get less than nine hours of sleep are one-third more likely to be involved in a car accident than teenagers who sleep for nine or more hours, according to statistics from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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The Beat — Hot List

May 27, 2015

Movie: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’  

Beat ListAvengers 20150500The highly anticipated sequel to Marvel’s “The Avengers” that was released in May 2012 came to theaters everywhere May 1. This second installment to Marvel’s most successful series follows the superheroes as they battle an evil lord when he is summoned from the Ultron program. Additionally, there is the development of each character’s individual story. It is well done, with very few scenes that are lacking in plot, and the movie is constantly entertaining.

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The Beat — Photo of the Month

May 27, 2015

Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk, but people still pay attention to their phones instead of concentrating on the road.

Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk, but people still pay attention to their phones instead of concentrating on the road.

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The Beat — Teen Talk

May 27, 2015

Jill Roberson, IHS senior “I was with a friend who wanted to drive after they drank, so they got in the car and started to drive, but was swerving instead. I was scared that we were going to crash, but we didn’t.”

Jill Roberson, IHS senior
“I was with a friend who wanted to drive after they drank, so they got in the car and started to drive, but was swerving instead. I was scared that we were going to crash, but we didn’t.”

Ian McConnell, IHS junior “The only time I was scared was when my friend was driving in the snow and the car started skidding.”

Ian McConnell, IHS junior
“The only time I was scared was when my friend was driving in the snow and the car started skidding.”

Janae Skinner, LHS freshman “One time, my friend was driving me to my play rehearsal and they weren’t paying attention to their speed. It made me really nervous.”

Janae Skinner, LHS freshman
“One time, my friend was driving me to my play rehearsal and they weren’t paying attention to their speed. It made me really nervous.”

Brenden Siththisakd, LHS junior “My friend and I were driving down Patriot Way and when he looked away from the road for a second, we got in a car accident. Luckily, it wasn’t a hard hit and we were fine.”

Brenden Siththisakd, LHS junior
“My friend and I were driving down Patriot Way and when he looked away from the road for a second, we got in a car accident. Luckily, it wasn’t a hard hit and we were fine.”

Kenny Ly, SHS sophomore “Once, I was in a friend’s car and he was just looking at his phone while driving. I did feel scared, but I reminded him to focus on the road and it was an easy problem to fix.”

Kenny Ly, SHS sophomore
“Once, I was in a friend’s car and he was just looking at his phone while driving. I did feel scared, but I reminded him to focus on the road and it was an easy problem to fix.”

Thomas Bowler, SHS junior “One time, I was scared while I was in my friend’s car because he chose to drive more people than seats available. Along with a crowded car, the passengers were all loud and obnoxious people who demanded the music be at a high volume, which put my safety at risk, so I requested to be let out.”

Thomas Bowler, SHS junior
“One time, I was scared while I was in my friend’s car because he chose to drive more people than seats available. Along with a crowded car, the passengers were all loud and obnoxious people who demanded the music be at a high volume, which put my safety at risk, so I requested to be let out.”

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Let’s Talk About It — Learn the terminology of the LGBTQ community

April 22, 2015

You may know the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, but there are several other terms of which you might be unaware.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

Sexual orientation and romantic orientation are completely different and independent of each other. Sexual orientation is the sexual/physical attraction toward a gender, while romantic orientation is the possible development of romantic feelings for a gender.

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Transitioning our views of transgender

April 22, 2015

High school is a confusing place where countless awkward personalities mingle, experiment socially and academically, and embark on tumultuous journeys of self-discovery.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

Kimberly McVicker is like any other teen — she seeks happiness and wants to be comfortable being herself. However, a particular quality of hers has impacted her life more negatively than it should.

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