BURLINGTON - All nine Burlington-Alamance County high schools will be among 2,000 organizations participating Thursday in the nationwide "Drive 4 Pledges" Day, an event in which people will be encouraged to make a commitment not to text while driving.
More than 2.5 million people already have signed the pledge, which is part of a nationwide texting and driving campaign called "It Can Wait." At Burlington-Alamance High Schools, 7,000 students will watch a new It Can Wait documentary during lunch periods. They then will decide whether to sign the pledge not to text and drive. AT&T public relations specialist Josh Gelinas said the school events will not be open to the public, but people who live in the Triad can sign at local AT&T stores--Four Seasons Kiosk, Friendly Center, NC High Point, Shoppes on Little Creek, Stratford Road, Summit Point and Wendover 2RGO.
Anyone can sign on ItCanWait.com. Those who sign are encouraged, by the It Can Wait campaign, to click on the "stories" tab and share their reasons for signing the pledge. They also can track the social media campaign by following the Twitter hash tag #ItCanWait. On Thursday, 112 Girl Scout troops around the country also will facilitate pledge-signing events and participate in social media efforts.
In a nationwide survey conducted by AT&T, 75 percent of teenagers admitted texting while driving is common among their friends. According to the National Safety Council, 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting.
AT&T and other phone providers, as well as well-known music artists and athletes/sports teams--including the Carolina Panthers--have signed on to the It Can Wait campaign. Several of their PSAs, in addition to both documentaries, are available for viewing under the "videos" tab on ItCanWait.com
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