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17, 2013

Tahlequah Daily Press

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NSU joins texting movement


A movement is accomplished through the voices and actions of many. That is why four national wireless service providers, spearheading the It Can Wait campaign, are urging people to share their commitment to never text and drive with others on Drive 4 Pledges Day, Thursday, Sept. 19. Northeastern State University has joined the movement to put an end to texting while driving. Texting while driving, an extremely dangerous practice, contributes to thousands of auto accidents every year. Oklahomans can text OKP - ledge to 464329 to join the thousands of others around the country who are pledging never to text while behind the wheel. "Driver safety is something we take very seriously and we urge all drivers to consider the cost of lost lives and serious injury and remember that when it comes to texting and driving, It Can Wait. Together, we can make a difference and make Oklahoma a safer place," said Jerry Cook, Director of Community and Government Relations at Northeastern State University. Individuals can now sign up at ItCanWait.com to get resources that will help them share their commitment on social media and personalize the movement on the streets of their communities on key activation days. Aspiring to create a social stigma around this dangerous habit of texting while driving, Drive 4 Pledges Day will focus on getting individuals involved in taking the pledge to never text and drive while encouraging others in their community to do the same. These individuals will join AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Inc., Verizon and more than 200 other organizations by sharing their commitment not to text and drive while increasing awareness of the dangers. On Thursday, Drive 4 Pledges Day, supporters of the movement are called to help spread the word to their families, friends and communities. Advocates will be encouraged to do things like change their social profile photos and banner to It Can Wait graphics, and share their personal pledge stories using the hashtag #ItCanWait. Offline activations will include hosting pledge drives and distributing posters in their schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. All materials such as social graphics and posters

AROUND THE REGION

Gun enthusiasts plan meeting


Local interested citizens are meeting 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, at Napoli's Restaurant , 901 S. Muskogee Ave., to discuss what the Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association is doing to protect and restore citizens' right to keep and bear arms. The group will discuss House Joint Resolution 1026, and OK2A's proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution, as well as the possibility of starting a Cherokee County OK2A chapter in efforts to help strengthen gun owners' rights in Oklahoma.

Zombie Run set for Sept. 28


The Beta Sigma Phi-Delta Kappa Chapter will host its second annual "Thriller at Tenkiller" Zombie Run on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Tenkiller State Park. Runners of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite "zombie" attire or running clothes and participate in the 5k or 1 mile fun run. Registration fees range from $20-35 per person. The race begins at 5:30 p.m., and participants are encouraged to arrive early. Proceeds benefit women in the community who are battling breast cancer. Beta Sigma Phi is also seeking corporate sponsors for the event. Visit www.thrillerattenki1ler2013.eventbrite.com , or call (918) 781-2256 for more information.

will be available for download from ItCanWaitcom. "Texting while driving claims too many lives, and raising awareness of this completely preventable tragedy is key to saving them," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. "We've seen success before through our seatbelts and our drunk driving campaigns, and I both applaud the It Can Wait campaign for its efforts to raise awareness and encourage everyone to make a commitment on Drive 4 Pledges Day to drive focused and distraction-free." A ConnectSafely.org sur-

vey found that individuals who speak up can have a profound impact, particularly on teens. Survey results show 78 percent of teen drivers say they're likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it's wrong or stupid; 90 percent say they'd stop if a friend in the car asked them to; 93 percent would stop if a parent in the car asked them to; 44 percent say that they would be thankful if a passenger complained about their texting while driving. To take the pledge and get more information, visit www.ItCanWait.com .

Heroes luncheon on tap Sept. 19


In remembrance of the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, First Baptist Church Tahlequah will be hosting its annual Heroes Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m.. This event is sponsored by local businesses and individuals to help honor and encourage all the emergency departments throughout Cherokee County. Guest speaker this year is Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

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