By OTM Staff
Texting and driving isn’t a big deal right? False.
There are many possible distractions when it comes to driving. Those distractions can be things such as friends in your car, texting, snap chatting, etc. While you are distracted by those factors, you aren’t prepared for road hazards, pedestrians crossing the street, and more! Would you rather arrive at your destination alive, than be another statistic of consequences from texting and driving?
Consider choosing the safe route.
According to Jim Butler Auto Group, 48 area high schools participated in the contest, with close to 27,000 people taking the online pledge from May through September. The contest invited teenagers, parents, teachers and friends to sign Jim Butler’s Safe Driving Pledge at www.stlsafedriver.com.
The Jim Butler Auto Group: STL Safe Driver Pledge brings awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Not only were clear expectations asked of the teens who participated, but also to the parents. Parents were asked to communicate safe driving expectations with their young drivers. That way everyone is accountable!
How choosing the safe route pays off.
October 6, 2015, KTVI’s Fox 2 Morning Show announced St. Louis University High School as 1st place winners for Jim Butler’s Safe Driving Pledge. SLU High School won $10,000 for having the most participants. Ursuline Academy placed 2nd and won $1000!
Selfies can wait.
There is a new phone launched at least once a year, a new computer, or tablet, which means another distraction. With every new model car, there are new add on’s such as Bluetooth capability, touch screen radio, a TV in the headrest, etc. There is a time and place to play with new gadgets, and that time is not while you’re driving. With this pledge of Jim Butler’s Auto Group, hopefully it encourages more students to participate in safe driving. The students of SLU and Ursuline Academy have won this contest but also have made a serious pledge that they must follow. Following a safety pledge makes more sense than texting while driving and crashing that nice ride you have.