In recognition of the national “No Text on Board” effort, the University of Pikeville will join wireless provider AT&T to tackle the dangerous practice that puts millions of Americans at risk. To drive home the message, a simulator will be on the UPIKE campus on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for students to experience the first-hand dangers of texting behind the wheel. The peer-awareness driving simulator will be in Derriana parking lot.
UPIKE students will have the opportunity to take the “No Text on Board” pledge that no text message, email, website or video is worth the risk of endangering their life or the lives of others.
“It Can Wait” is a national movement tapping into the power of social media and personal networks to make texting and driving as unacceptable as drinking and driving. It urges drivers to visit www.ItCanWait.com, where they can pledge not to text and drive and share their pledge with others via Twitter and Facebook. The website also offers a host of educational resources and information on the issue including a documentary featuring families impacted by texting and driving accidents.
Since the effort began in August, “No Text on Board” Pledge Day has raised awareness of the dangers of texting while driving to millions of people.