Governor Challenges Students “Don’t Text & Drive”

   Governor Nikki Haley yesterday joined Department of Insurance Director Ray Farmer, Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith, USC & Clemson Presidents and corporate sponsors in announcing a friendly challenge to students of South Carolina and Clemson universities.  

  Gov. Haley announced Texting Can Wait – Pledge Day and encouraged students to participate in the Texting Can Wait Pledge Challenge – an awareness campaign that allows South Carolina and Clemson students to compete by collecting student pledges promising to not text and drive. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds in the United States and 25% of teens surveyed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) admitted to sending or responding to a text message at least once every time they get behind the wheel.

  “This texting challenge comes with an important message to our young drivers – driving is a privilege and with it comes responsibility,” said Gov. Haley. “There are far too many fatal car crashes in this country and this state and we are learning that many of these crashes are the result of distracted driving. That is why we are challenging our young people, our future, to take the pledge and wait to text.”

  To take the pledge online, students from Clemson can visit http://att-fz.us/clemson and students from USC can visit http://att-fz.us/carolina between yesterday and Saturday, November 23rd. Driving simulators will also be made available to students on the schools’ respective campuses in order to demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving.