Elcho Students to Learn About Dangers of Smartphone Use While Driving at It Can Wait Event
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
AT&T, AAA and Wisconsin State Patrol Team Up to Highlight Hazards
FOR ANTIGO TIMES
ELCHO, Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – As Wisconsin marks Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, about 90 students at Elcho 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 Friday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Elcho 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. 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. Teens will also watch two new short films produced as part of AT&T’s “The Face of Distracted Driving” series that feature stories of teenage boys killed by smartphone distracted driving (Caleb’s story and Forrest’s story).
The assembly is one in 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 90 students
Principal Shawn Rude
Robyn Gruner, AT&T Wisconsin
Nick Jarmusz, AAA
Trooper TJ Aures, Wisconsin State Patrol
What: It Can Wait event to highlight dangers of distracted driving
When: Friday, April 26, 2019
Where: Elcho High School (Theater)