Texting while driving continues to be a leading cause in highway fatalities among young people.
A safety campaign continues in local high schools to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.
About 270 students at South Kingstown High School signed a “pledge wall” on Thursday, promising to refrain from texting and driving.
The “It Can Wait” campaign is a national effort fronted by AT&T and headed locally by the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office in partnership with the Department of Transportation.
As the last stop of this year’s awareness program, the students at South Kingstown were discussed the dangers of distracted driving and watched a documentary.
Spokesperson for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Amy Kempe, from firsthand experience, says the students generally pay close attention to the documentary.
“The 15 minute video that we show is so compelling. You can hear a pin drop in an auditorium of, you know, sometimes upwards of six-hundred kids that are in that auditorium listening to the speakers and watching the videos”
Kempe says that the real world examples of young people in the documentary provide a context for young drivers.
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