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Lake Shore students promise to not text and drive

BE CAREFUL! — A Lake Shore High School student, flanked by Evans Police Officer Douglas Tubinis and Matt Schultz of AT&T, takes a turn at the It Can Wait online simulator.
LAKE SHORE — An It Can Wait event was held by AT&T on Oct. 22 at Lake Shore High School.

More than 100 students participated in one of teacher Rosanne Schaller’s health classes, dedicated to texting and driving, and took the pledge to never text while driving.

Evans Police Officer Douglas Tubinis joined John Poissant and Mathew Schultz of AT&T, to discuss this issue. The students were shown the documentary “The Last Text” and tried an online texting and driving simulator.

IT CAN WAIT — A student takes the pledge, watched by John Poissant, Schultz and Tubinis. Photos submitted by Ben Roberts.
“Our goal is to save lives by educating the public, and especially young drivers, about the dangers of texting and driving,” said Marissa Shorenstein, the president of AT&T New York. “Whether it’s participating in health classes or holding an assembly, school events are one way to remind all New Yorkers about how deadly a single text can be. We encourage everyone to take the pledge to never text and drive and make it a lifelong commitment.”

According to studies, texting increases drivers’ chances of being in an accident by 23 times; more than 100,000 car crashes and injuries have happened while drivers were texting and driving.

The public may take the pledge at www.ItCanWait.com and utilize available resources to create their own local events. Drivers may also share their promise with others via Twitter, with #itcanwait, and with Facebook.

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