SFHS stu­dents pledge not to text while driv­ing

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On Feb. 17, stu­dents from Span­ish Fork High School took a pledge to put their cell phones down and fo­cus on the road as part of All­state’s na­tional “X the TXT” cam­paign. The All­state Foun­da­tion part­nered with Health World and the Utah High­way Pa­trol to urge stu­dents to stay dis­trac­tion-free be­hind the wheel and raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of tex­ting and driv­ing.

All­state Agency owner Ryan Larsen and Trooper Blake Brad­ford pre­sented a safe driv­ing half­time event dur­ing Span­ish Fork High School’s var­sity bas­ket­ball game.

“My goal ev­ery day is to get the pub­lic home safe,” Brad­ford said. “By teach­ing young kids the im­por­tance of not driv­ing while dis­tracted, we can ac­com­plish this. Life is more im­por­tant than a text.”

Lar­son and Brad­ford dis­cussed the dan­gers of dis­tracted driv­ing while par­tic­i­pants added their thumbprints to a ban­ner, sym­bol­iz­ing their prom­ise not to text and drive.

“Span­ish Fork High School stu­dents pledg­ing not to text and drive is a sim­ple act that can make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence,” Lar­son said. “That thumbprint sym­bol­izes more than a prom­ise: It’s peace of mind for par­ents and safer roads for all driv­ers. No text is worth risk­ing a life.”

Re­search in­di­cates that tex­ting while driv­ing takes teens’ eyes off of the road for an av­er­age of five sec­onds – enough time to drive the length of a foot­ball field at 55 miles per hour. On av­er­age, eight teens die in a car crash each day.

“It is im­por­tant to en­sure that teens know the dan­gers of dis­tracted driv­ing, and our part­ner­ship with All­state gives us the tools to pro­mote this ed­u­ca­tion,” said Peter Rusin, Health World ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “Bring­ing X the TXT to Span­ish Fork High School helps leave an im­pact on stu­dents that could ul­ti­mately save lives.”

Tex­ting is one of the most dan­ger­ous dis­trac­tions fac­ing teen driv­ers to­day. Ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­search by The All­state Foun­da­tion and Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion:

• 75 per­cent of teens ad­mit they find them­selves read­ing and re­spond­ing to texts be­hind the wheel, yet more than 40 per­cent still ad­mit to tex­ting and driv­ing.

• 49 per­cent of teens ad­mit to be­ing ex­tremely dis­tracted by tex­ting while driv­ing.

• 82 per­cent of teens say they use their cell phones be­hind the wheel.

• 25 per­cent of all po­lice-re­ported traf­fic crashes are from dis­tracted driv­ing.

Four out of five teens said their par­ents would be the best in­flu­ence in get­ting them to drive more safely. With this in mind, The All­state Foun­da­tion and All­state have cre­ated the Par­ent-Teen Driv­ing Agree­ment to help par­ents out­line their teen’s driv­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and de­fine the par­ent’s role in help­ing their teen suc­ceed.

Since the launch of X the TXT, more than two mil­lion peo­ple have made the pledge and X the TXT events have taken place across the coun­try. To make the pledge not to text and drive, or for more in­for­ma­tion on the X the TXT pledge pro­gram, visit www.face­book.com/xthetxt.

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