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Middleton High School Seniors Learn About Dangers of Texting & Driving,Urged to Pledge Never to Text Behind the Wheel
AT&T, AAA, State Patrol Team Up to Highlight Dangers of Deadly Practice
MIDDLETON, Monday, April 29, 2013
Nearly 500 seniors at Middleton High School learned about thedangers of texting and driving and were urged to sign a pledge to never text behind the wheel during an event atthe school today.Middleton High School teamed up with AT&T, AAA, the Wisconsin State Patrol and State Rep. Dianne Hesselbein
in a public awareness campaign to urge the school’s
students, and all drivers, that text messages can
wait until after driving.
Our young people too often think they are invincible, but they need to know that texting while driving is very
dangerous and can be deadly,”
said Middleton High School Head
Principal Dr. Denise Herrmann. “As prolific
texters and inexperienced drivers, teens are particularly at risk. We are proud to join in this effort to spread the
word about the dangers and urge all of our students to pledge never to text and drive.”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 to
experience firsthand 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 countryhave 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 want
to spread the word a
bout how deadly a simple text can be,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&TWisconsin. “We’re challenging all drivers, particularly our teens, to take the pledge to never text and drive and
make it a lifelong commitment. There is simply no text
message worth dying for.”
Wisconsin marked the second anniversary of its no-texting-while-driving ban on December 1, 2012. The lawprohibits sending an e-mail or text message while driving and imposes a fine of up to $400.