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Brookwood High Students Learn About Dangers of Texting & Driving,Urged to Pledge Never to Text Behind the Wheel
AAA Distracted Driving Simulator Shows Students Dangers of Texting Behind the Wheel
ONTARIO, Thursday, April 11, 2013
Nearly 300 students at Brookwood High School in Ontario learned aboutthe dangers of texting and driving and were urged to sign a pledge to never text behind the wheel during an eventat the school today.Brookwood High School teamed up with AT&T, the Wisconsin State Patrol and State Rep. Lee Nerison (R-Westby)
in a public awareness campaign to urge the school’s
students that text messages can
wait until after driving.
age of instant communication, we know how tempting it is for our teens to respond to a text right awaywhile driving
even though they know it’s dangerous and against the law,” said Principal
today’s assembly will convince our students to put down their phones while driving and take the pledge to never
nd the wheel.”Today’s assembly was part of a series of high school events being held around the state by AT&T, AAA and the
Wisconsin State Patrol to drive home the dangers of texting behind the wheel. Students were given the chance toexperience firs
thand the dangers of texting while driving in a safe setting through AAA’s distracted driving
simulator. They were also shown a powerful AT&T documentary called
about lives altered or ended by someone’s decision to text and drive.
Students were also urged to visit www.ItCanWait.com to take the no-texting-and-driving pledge, and then share
their promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook. More than 1.2 million people across the country
have already taken the pledge to never text and drive. The pledge effort is part of AT&T’s national public
awareness campaign aimed directly at stopping the dangerous practice of texting while driving.
“Far too many lives have been forever changed because someone decided to text behind the wheel, and we wantto spread the word about how deadly a simple text can be,” said
Jim Jermain, Regional Vice President of External
Affairs for AT&T Wisconsin. “We’re challenging all drivers, particularly our teens, to take the pledge to never textand drive and make it a lifelong commitment.”
Wisconsin recently marked the second anniversary of its no-texting-while-driving ban on December 1, 2012. Thelaw prohibits sending an e-mail or text message while driving and imposes a fine of up to $400.