Chandler High School is taking action against distracted driving through an Allstate pledge program that encourages teens to set down the cell phone.
More than eight people are killed every day in the U.S. in car accidents caused by distracted driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 1,161 are injured, on average.
The X the TXT pledge program encourages students not to text and drive through awareness and education. The X the TXT pledge was brought to the high school via Allstate Agency owner Bob Gallego, who gave free lectures as a way to spearhead the program there.
“Chandler High School students pledging not to text and drive is a simple act that can make a significant difference,” Gallego said. “That thumbprint symbolizes more than a promise: It’s peace of mind for parents and safer roads for all drivers. No text is worth risking a life.”
The movement is part of a larger program by the Allstate Foundation and Health World, a not-for-profit children’s health and safety education provider. The goal is to make roads safer, especially for young drivers, who are more likely to use their cell phones and drive, and their passengers.
Since the program started, more than 2 million people across the U.S. have taken the pledge not to text and drive.
About 82 percent of teens admit to using their cell phones behind the wheel, according to recent research by the Allstate Foundation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“It is important to ensure that teens know the dangers of distracted driving, and our partnership with Allstate gives us the tools to promote this education,” said Peter Rusin, Health World executive director. “Bringing X the TXT to Chandler High School was fulfilling and impactful.”
Students at Chandler High added their thumbprints to a banner in agreement not to text and drive.