"It Can Wait" campaign to end texting while driving

1:17 PM, Mar 9, 2012   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hours after a fatal car crash involving texting while driving in Eddington, Secretary of State Charlie Summers warned high school students about the dangers of distracted driving.

That car crash, which killed 44-year-old Tracy McPhee, was one of the examples in Summers anti-texting-while-driving campaign, called "It Can Wait."

Partnering with AT&T, the program features a documentary and a pledge for students to sign, promising not to use cell phones behind the wheel.

"I think it's important that we all make the concerted effort, and take the pledge not to text and drive," said Bangor High School senior Rami Blair.

The Secretary of State addressed students at Bangor High School and Hampden Academy Thursday.

The texting ban has been in effect since September.  According to the Secretary of State's office there has been just two tickets issued this year for texting violations.

"There are discussions in the legislature about banning cell phone use outright," said Summers. "Personally, I could understand that."

Summers said it would be difficult to pass because people like police officers and emergency responders use cell phones on the job.

Summers said part of the responsibility falls on parents.

"If parents aren't willing to step up and set the example, then we're going to be kind of working against the tide," he said.

Students said texting while driving isn't just a teen a problem.

"I've been in the car with adults who text and drive, or email and drive," said Bangor High School senior Katelynn Ronan.

"And it's just monkey see, monkey do, I guess. A lot of kids learn from their parents texting and driving, and if they can do it, we can do it."

To take a pledge against distracted driving, you can visit our Drive For Safety section on our website.



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