National No Texting While Driving Day

INEZ KAMINSKI

Editor in Chief

September 16 has been officially named No Text On Board Pledge Day as a part of AT&T’s new campaign “It Can Wait.” The nationwide observance encourages individuals, particularly teens, to pledge via social networking platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter.

Here at San Marcos, there were multiple announcements commemorating No Text On Board Pledge Day to alert students of this observance.

“I think it’s a great reminder to the student body because one text while driving can ruin the rest of your life,” said senior Yoseline Gonzales. “Many people don’t really realize this.

ItCanWait.com, the website promoting the day, features a colorful homepage boasting incredible statistics and live pledge feeds from the aforementioned networking platforms. Some of the statistics are very persuasive: for example, the site mentions there are 100,000+ car crashes every year that involve texting drivers; drivers that use handhold devices are 4x more likely to injure themselves; and 75% of teens say they have been in a car with someone texting and driving.

As a part of It Can Wait, AT&T has released an application for smartphone users called “DriveMode,” which, when activated, will give an automated reply to texts sent while the user is operating a vehicle. In addition, ItCanWait.com has a online virtual reality simulator to demonstrate the dangers of texting while driving.

The Santa Barbara School District is very involved in helping students be aware of driving impairment. The “Every Fifteen Minutes” campaign came to San Marcos High School last year to raise awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence. 

To see that article, go to https://thekingspage.com/2012/05/19/students-taught-a-sobering-lesson-on-drunk-driving/

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