‘Drive Now, Text Later’ pledging event organized by Lake State

Local students signing the “Drive Now, Text Later” pledge.  Photo supplied
Local students signing the “Drive Now, Text Later” pledge.
Photo supplied

Lake State Credit Union recently completed a pledge drive with area high school students. Drivers signed the pledge that states, “I pledge not to text and drive. No message (or website or video) is worth risking my life or anyone else’s on the road. I will also limit other distractions while driving to prevent putting my passengers or other motorists at risk.”

Texting while driving is the largest cause of death for teens and is only getting worse. Lake State decided to put resources to helping change that.

“Our credit union is always looking to give back and make a difference to the communities we serve,” said Lake State SVP of Sales and Marketing Brad Larson. “I truly hope it makes them stop and think before pulling out their phone. Thankfully, we’ll never know how many lives are saved and accidents prevented by bringing awareness to them.”

In the eight area schools that participated in the pledge drive, 1,034 students made the commitment. This equates to about 50 percent of driving age students. This is a cause that Lake State plans to continue to support in the future.

  • http://www.OTTERapp.com/ ErikWood

    I think this effort will help these young drivers (and hopefully the adults as well) get the message. It has to start with the end user, the driver…deciding not to partake in distracted driving and this will help drive that message home. We will forward this article to our followers on Twitter etc… This is now the #1 killer of teens in the US and so awareness is one of the keys to a solution.

    I also decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool for teens and their parents called OTTER that is a simple, GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. It also silences call ringtones while driving unless you have a bluetooth enabled. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, Founder
    OTTER apps (Free)