New AT&T Research Shows 81% of People Admit to Texting Behind the Wheel
AT&T, AAA and Wisconsin State Patrol Team Up to Highlight Hazards
FLORENCE, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – About 175 students at Florence Middle / High School will learn about the dangers of smartphone activities while driving and be encouraged to sign a pledge to keep their eyes on the road and not on their phones during an It Can Wait presentation on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Florence Middle / High School is teaming up with AT&T, AAA and the Wisconsin State Patrol as part of the It Can Wait® campaign to remind students that smartphone activity should wait until after driving. New research from AT&T shows 81% of people admit to texting behind the wheel, while 64% admit to snapping and viewing photos while driving.
The event will feature AAA’s distracted driving simulator, which allows students to experience the dangers of smartphone activities behind the wheel. Students will also watch a new age progression video produced as part of AT&T’s “The Face of Distracted Driving” series that imagines what the lives of two distracted driving victims would have been like if they hadn’t been killed.
The assembly is part of a series of high school events that AT&T, AAA and the Wisconsin State Patrol are holding this school year to drive home the dangers of distracted driving.
Who: About 175 Florence Middle / High School students
Principal Brandon Jerue
Ben Niehaus, District Administrator, School District of Florence County
Robyn Gruner, AT&T Wisconsin
Nick Jarmusz, AAA
Trooper George Negron, Wisconsin State Patrol
Officer Teresa Chrisman, Florence County Sheriff’s Office
What: It Can Wait event to highlight dangers of distracted driving
When: Monday, September 24, 2018
Where: Florence Middle / High School (Auditorium)
425 Olive Avenue