Don’t Text & Drive poster garners RCEMS donation and positive message

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Photo By Ashley Phillips | Robertson County NewsChris Lamb accepts a $1,000 donation from Robertson County News Publisher Dennis Phillips.

“The EMS Poster was the first thing we produced when Teresa and I arrived in Robertson County in 2012. It is one of the most important issues facing us today, especially the teenagers in America,” said Robertson County News Publisher Dennis Phillips. “It is important to share the message, instill the importance in our youth that texting while driving can kill them. It is so simple, just pull over to the side of the road or wait until you are done driving.”

This year, as in years past the RCEMS received a $1,000 donation from the Robertson County News as well as the posters to help keep the message in front of drivers.
“While we get to hand out the check, take notice at the bottom of those posters and you will see a lot of Robertson County businesses that support this important message, and it is with them that this donation is made,” said Phillips.

Chris Lamb of the RCEMS was on hand to receive the donation and the posters from Phillips. “We love this poster and really appreciate the support and donation from the proceeds of its sale,” said Lamb. The donation will be spent for specific unnamed items.

If you have not received a poster and would like one for your office or business, you can get one from the Robertson County News office or the RCEMS stations.

Statistically speaking, texting and driving is responsible for 1.3 million crashes each year, over 23% of all auto accidents now involve cell phone use behind the wheel. Taxing and driving has surpassed drinking and driving. Of all teens in the US, 13% of drivers between the ages of 18-20 involved in car wrecks have admitted to using their cell phone during the collision and that number is taken from the teenagers that lived to tell about it.

Here is a statistic that cannot be ignored. 82% of Americans aged 16-17, legal driving age own a cell phone. Of those, 34% admit, they have texted while driving, 54% say they have talked on the phone while driving. Now, 77% of these drives say they can drive safely while driving and 55% claim it is easy to text and drive. But what these teens do not realize is they spend 10% of their time on the road, outside of their lane.

Adults do this too. That’s right, of these kids polled, 48% say they have seen their parents text and drive.

While laws are considered, in Texas only state law prohibits novice drivers from cell phone use. In other words, permitted drivers under supervision of a licensed driver.

Parents, there is an app for everything. AT&T has released an anti-texting while driving app for Android and Blackberry. Get with your kids and teach them what it means to text and drive a car. For more resources visit www.textinganddrivingsafety.com.

Ashley Phillips | Robertson County News

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