Local College Takes Stand Against Texting And Driving

By: Southwest Georgia Technical College Email
By: Southwest Georgia Technical College Email

Press Release: Southwest Georgia Technical College

Did you know that those who read and send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash?

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) wants to put an end to its students, faculty, and staff, as well as other community members, risking their lives to text while behind the wheel of a car. That is why the College is participating in AT&T’s no-texting-and-driving movement, #itcanwait. This movement was developed by AT& T to educate the public, especially teens, on the dangers of texting and driving.

SWGTC President Dr. Wentworth commented, “Southwest Georgia Technical College is proud to strongly support the “It Can Wait” movement. That initiative, being spearheaded by AT&T, is aimed at having people (especially students in high school and college who are of driving age) pledge to not text while driving. This has become a very serious issue in our society and our College is committed to that effort to stop texting while driving.”

In conjunction with AT&T’s Drive 4 Pledges Day on Thursday, September 19th, the College will hold an “It Can Wait” pledging event from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. At the event participants will have the opportunity to take the No-Texting-and-Driving Pledge on laptops set up outside. Those who make the pledge are making a lifelong commitment to never text and drive. For those who cannot make it to the event they can complete it online at www.itcanwait.com.
Students will also have the opportunity to try an online simulator that allows users to see firsthand the hazards of texting behind the wheel. The College will serve refreshments to participants and offer other educational pieces about the dangers of texting and driving.

Event coordinators will also encourage participants to download AT&T’s free mobile application, “AT&T Drive Mode,” designed to curb texting and driving. Once the app is downloaded it will automatically reply with a customizable message that says “Person’s name is driving and will respond when it is safe” to anyone who texts or emails the participant while the car is in motion.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive
Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

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