For the Star Journal
Nearly 400 students at Three Lakes High School learned this week about the dangers of smartphone activities while driving and were encouraged to take the pledge to keep their eyes on the road and not on their phones.
The It Can Wait campaign, sponsored by AT&T, AAA and the Wisconsin State Patrol is aimed at reminding students that texting and talking on phones can and should wait until after driving.
“Many drivers are engaging in unsafe smartphone activities behind the wheel when their focus should be on driving,” said Principal Gene Welhoefer. “We want to make sure our students understand how dangerous, and even deadly, this behavior can be. We hope our teens take the It Can Wait message to heart and put down their phones when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle.”
An assembly at the school was held to drive home the dangers of distracted driving and encourage students to take the pledge. The campaign has been expanded from a focus on texting while driving to include other smartphone activities now common behind the wheel. Drivers are now emailing, posting on social media and even video chatting while driving.
The event featured a distracted driving simulator, which allowed students to experience the dangers of smartphone activities behind the wheel. Teens also watched a powerful documentary produced by AT&T called “The Last Text” that shares real stories about lives altered or ended by someone’s decision to text and drive.
In December of 2015, Wisconsin marked the five year anniversary of its ban on texting while driving.