February 01, 2012

W8 2 TXT

SC State Highway Patrol and Subway have teamed up to keep our kids safe behind the wheel. The "W8 2 TXT" campaign kicked off at Dorman High School on February 1 where students learned the dangers of texting and driving. They heard from a young lady, Ashley Marriah, who was involved in a serious car accident because she chose to text her mom while behind the wheel. After the accident Ashley wasn't sure if she would ever walk or sing again. The Greenville native said God gave her another chance to live and to tell others about the dangers of driving distracted. She performed an original song in front of Dorman students and encouraged them to make wise choices. Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading killer of young people in our state and throughout the nation. Last year, 165 young drivers ages 15 to 24 died on our state’s roadways. According to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Study, drivers who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to crash. Following the assembly students began signing pledges agreeing not to text while driving. The campaign will now be presented to other high schools across the state. The school with the highest percentage of students to pledge will win free lunch from Subway. Students can sign the pledge online at

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