September 12, 2012
By Arnold Wyrick
CARTERVILLE, IL (KFVS) - Texting and driving can be one of the most dangerous things you can do.
That's why AT&T is teaming up with community colleges in Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Transportation to ask people to stop texting and driving.
On Tuesday afternoon Illinois' Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined in the campaign.
"It's some thing we've all seen as drivers," said Lt. Governor Simon. "We've seen other drivers who are not paying attention to the roadway. This effort by AT&T, the community colleges and the department of transportation is a chance for us to stop and think about it. And think about our behavior to make sure that we're not endangering ourselves and others."
Several dozen John A. Logan students were on hand as the Lieutenant Governor was joined by representatives from AT&T and campus leaders.
"We feel that we have a strong responsibility to help educate anyone that no text is worth folks being injured or killed over," said James Maurer, AT&T Vice President of External Affairs. "So we're encouraging people throughout the country to not text and drive."
The organizers also want everyone to take a pledge on September 19th as a "No Text on Board Pledge Day" and to stop texting and driving for the entire month.
"It's an opportunity to take that pledge and that says you're not going text and drive at any time this month. And to stop any kind of distracted driving," said Maurer.
If you'd like to learn more about the pledge just go to the website at www.ItCanWait.com