September 8, 2011
Scotland, Clark County Students 'Pledge to NOT txt n drive'
On Friday evening, September 2, the Northeast Region Coalition for Roadway Safety and its partners were in Kahoka at the Clark County Indians versus Scotland County Tigers football game to encourage students to take the pledge to "Not Text and Drive".
"What better place to get the "message" across to our young drivers than a football game," said Robin Kovar, who works for the Clark County Sheriff's Department and is one of the coalition partners. "Texting while driving takes your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds; at 55 mph that's driving the length of a football field completely blind," she added.
Students from each school were given the opportunity to "Pledge to NOT txt n drive" by putting their thumb print on a banner, as well as signing their name. Students registered for gifts by signing a pledge card with the same message and were given a pledge card to remind them to Arrive Alive. This event was an encouraging and positive reminder for students to act responsibly when driving. At halftime a student from each school was drawn and given a $25 gas card donated by Ayers Oil, Inc.
Stevei See was the SCR-I winner.
The Missouri law, which went into effect in August 2009, prohibits drivers 21 years of age or younger from sending, reading, or writing an electronic message while driving. The law classifies a violation as an infraction, punishable by a fine of up to $200 and as a moving violation; punishable by an assessment of point's on the driver's license.
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