WHAT: Allstate agents Acquanette Chatman and Vince Green are encouraging students from the Success Quest program to join the more than 150,000 Americans who have pledged not to text and drive through Allstate's "X the TXT" campaign by adding their thumbprints to a pledge banner as a symbol of their promise not to text and drive. Thumb bands given to participants serve as daily reminders to put their cell phones down behind the wheel and stay focused on the road. This event is held in conjunction with The Ryan Cameron Foundation and the Allstate/WXIA-NBC anti-texting campaign being held this summer.
WHEN: Saturday, June 16, 2012, 10 a.m. to noon
WHERE: SuccessQuest meeting, 3554 Habersham at Northlake, Building H Second Floor, Tucker, Ga., 30084
WHY: Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions facing drivers today, particularly among teens, of which car crashes are the number one killer. According to a recent Allstate Foundation study, 49 percent of driving teens admit to being extremely distracted by texting and instant messaging while driving. And, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports driver distraction contributes to 25 percent of all police-reported traffic crashes.
WHO: Chatman and Green will host the X the Text event, and will talk to the attendees about the dangers of driving while being distracted, including texting. They will encourage students, faculty and staff to take the pledge not to text and drive online, or for more information on the "X the TXT" program, visit www.facebook.com/thumbsuppledge.
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