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Lt. Governor Simon to students: Stop texting while driving 

Simon promotes “It Can Wait” pledge; urges students to consider dangers of texting

PALATINE – November 15, 2012. Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today joined AT&T Illinois officials at Harper College to encourage community college students to take the pledge to never text and drive again.

“Most community college students commute to class on a daily basis and need to understand the grave danger of texting while driving,” Lt. Governor Simon said. “I have taken the pledge to never text and drive, and I encourage students everywhere to join me. When you are driving, put down your phone -- it can wait.”

Simon made her comments at Harper College as part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign that urges drivers to take the pledge to never text and drive again. Simon has also visited John A. Logan College in Carterville and Parkland College in Champaign to urge students to stop texting while driving.

“Our goal is to save lives,” said Jerry Mytych, AT&T Illinois external affairs director. “Too many lives have been forever changed by a texting-while-driving accident, and together, we want to spread the word about how deadly a single text can be. We’re challenging everyone to take the pledge to never text and drive, and to make it a lifelong commitment.” 

Gov. Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White, and officials of the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Tollway and the Illinois Department of Transportation are supporting the “It Can Wait” campaign. 
To take the pledge, you can log on to

“To encourage safe driving among students, the college will continue to promote this effort via our web site, signage, college and student publications and electronic media to the student body. It is vitally important for our students to understand that texting and driving is extremely dangerous. We want our students to stay on the road to a brighter future, and that includes driving safely,” Harper College President Ken Ender said.

“We believe community colleges are uniquely positioned to help in the effort against texting and driving, and we fully support the initiative from Lt. Governor Simon and AT&T,” said Geoff Obrzut, president & CEO, Illinois Community College Board.

"I am confident that my colleagues from the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents join with me and Lt. Governor Simon in enthusiastically supporting the "It Can Wait" anti-texting while driving campaign," said Margaret B. "Peg" Lee, Oakton Community College president and president of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents.