Don’t Text and Drive, Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign at Lanier County High School

| March 26, 2014

Lanier-County-High-School Don't-Text-and-Drive LANIER COUNTY, GA – On Monday March 24, Lanier County High School kicked off their first ever week long campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and drinking while driving.

Individuals who drive while sending or reading text messages are 23 percent more likely to be involved in a car crash than other drivers. A crash typically happens within an average of three seconds after a driver is distracted. The United States Department of Transportation notes that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year that cause a half million injuries and take 6,000 lives. According to FocusDriven®, up to 80 percent of all crashes involve some form of driver distraction. During any point of the day, 11 percent of drivers are talking on their cell phones, according to a study from the University of Utah indicated that the reaction time of a teen driver using a cell phone is the same as that of a 70-year-old driver who is not using a cell phone.

During this week, students at Lanier County High School will have the opportunity to make the commitment to not text and drive and not drink and drive or ride with anyone who does. On Tuesday students signed pledge cards and wore thumb bands to remind them to “text later”. Lanier County Sheriff Nick Norton placed a wrecked car at the entrance of the High School as a grim reminder of what could happen if we text or drink while driving.

On Wednesday students will be handed fliers provided by the Lanier County Sheriff’s Office reminding them of the consequences of texting while driving. On Thursday, during lunch, students will have an opportunity to sign a school banner to pledge their support to make positive decisions. On Friday, the Juniors and Seniors will meet in an assembly to hear from Sheriff Norton and to watch the Lanier County High In-door Drum Line perform their show “Code Blue”.

Source: Lanier County School System

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