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X the Text

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 30th, 2013

150 students at Lyman High School took the pledge to ‘X the Text’ on April 22, during their lunch hour. PIONEER PHOTO/Timilee Wilber


Pioneer Reporter

BRIDGER VALLEY – Students, 250 strong, from Mountain View High School and Lyman High School took the Allstate Insurance pledge to X the Text this week.

In taking the pledge students agreed to ‘not text and drive.’ Allstate Insurance agent Casey Kuckert took the pledge to Bridger Valley high schools April 19 and April 22, in an effort to give students the opportunity to take the pledge. When students took the pledge, they received a thumb ring to remind them of their pledge.

According to the Allstate website:

An epidemic is sweeping America causing drivers to blackout. It’s called Texting and Driving. Allstate was asking teens to join their effort to reduce teen deaths and other distracted driver injuries by pledging not to text and drive. Can it make a difference?

When you text and drive:

Texting takes your eyes off of the road an average of five seconds at a time. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field completely blind.

Texting is like driving after drinking four beers.

Texting makes drivers 23 times more likely to crash.

Texting results in car crashes that kill an average of 11 teens each day in the United States.

Texting results in 330,000 distracted driving injuries each year in the United States.

For the complete article see the 04-26-2013 issue.

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