An anti-texting and driving educational presentation -– “It Can Wait” -– will be shown to students at Schalmont High School this afternoon.
Officials will talk about the dangers of distracted driving and share a documentary film on the topic. Students will also be asked to take the pledge to not text and drive.
More than one million people have taken AT&T’s pledge not to text and drive.
Drivers that text while they drive are 23 times more likely to be in a crash, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. In 2011, texting while driving caused about 1.3 million automobile crashes, often resulting in serious injury or death. An estimated 23 percent of auto collisions involved cellphones.
On hand for today's presentation will be Joe Caldara, Students Against Drunk Driving; Assemblyman George Amedore; student resource officer Rich Kranick; Greg Melita, AT&T NY area sales manager; and Jackie Gordon, associate principal, Schalmont High School.
For more information on the "It Can Wait" campaign, click here.