Haley challenges students to take texting pledge

  • Friday, November 15, 2013

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joined Department of Insurance Director Ray Farmer, Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith, University of South Carolina President Dr. Harris Pastides, Clemson University President Dr. James Barker, along with last week to announce a friendly challenge to students of South Carolina and Clemson universities.

Haley announced Texting Can Wait, and encouraged students to participate in the Texting Can Wait Pledge Challenge – an awareness campaign that allows South Carolina and Clemson students to compete by collecting student pledges promising to not text and drive.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds in the United States and 25 percent of teens surveyed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) admitted to sending or responding to a text message at least once every time they get behind the wheel.

“This texting challenge comes with an important message to our young drivers – driving is a privilege and with it comes responsibility,” said Haley. “There are far too many fatal car crashes in this country and this state and we are learning that many of these crashes are the result of distracted driving. That is why we are challenging our young people, our future, to take the pledge and wait to text.”

To take the pledge online, students from Clemson can visit http://att-fz.us/clemson and students from USC can visit http://att-fz.us/carolina through Saturday, Nov. 23.

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