Westmoreland County students learn to TXT L8TR
PennDOT and the Southwest Regional Traffic Safety Network are working to increase young drivers' safety with a campaign against texting while driving.
It was brought to Greensburg Salem, Kiski Area, Greater Latrobe and Norwin high schools on Sept. 19.
The “It Can Wait” Pledge Drive Day is a nationwide campaign aimed at saving lives and educating the public to view texting and driving as unacceptable as drinking and driving.
“Motorists who text while driving are far more likely to be involved in crashes,” PennDOT District 12 Executive Joe Szczur said. “No text is worth losing a life, and that is a vital message to bring to drivers who are still establishing their driving skills.”
Participating schools received a kit including a poster for student pledge signatures, school announcements and a “TXT L8TR” display for the school.
A random drawing will select a participating school to receive five paid registrations to the upcoming statewide Students Against Drunk Driving Conference, courtesy of a grant provided by State Farm Insurance.
The campaign is sponsored by AT&T with support from the Federal Communications Commission, the National Organizations for Youth Safety, the National Safety Council and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Information on the dangers of distracted driving and Pennsylvania's anti-texting while driving law can be found on the “Distracted Driving” page of PennDOT's highway safety website, www.JustDrivePA.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Greensburg Salem grad, grandma fulfill dream with trip to Japan
- Youngwood Shop ‘n Save donates to veterans’ foundation
- Final preparations under way for Hempfield Township Community Days
- Youngwood council envisions steering committee to devise community plan
- Youngwood businessman’s bocce project finally gets rolling
- Greensburg woman kicking up her heels for a good cause