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Students at North Augusta High School recently pledged not to drive and text during one of the five W8 2 TXT events across the state of South Carolina.

Students at North Augusta High School recently pledged not to drive and text during one of the five W8 2 TXT events across the state of South Carolina.

Motor vehicle crashes  continue to be the leading killer of young people and according to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study, drivers who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to crash.

Local Subway restaurants have partnered with the Department of Public Safety in Georgia and South Carolina to urge young drivers to wait to send text messages—or W8 2 TXT—until they are not behind the wheel.

“We want everyone to understand the dangers of distracted driving and realize there isn’t a call, text or status update that can’t wait,” says Ali Saifi, president and chief executive officer of Subway Development Corporation of South Carolina, Inc.

The State High Patrol will conduct driver safety presentations at schools in the CSRA where students will have an opportunity to take the W8 2 TXT pledge. As a reminder not to text and drive, Subway restaurants will be giving away glow-in-the-dark wristbands with the W8 2 TXT message, free of charge, at participating Subway restaurants while supplies last.

High school students also can visit www.w82txtpledge.com to sign a virtual pledge wall and be counted in the high school challenge to win free subs for their entire school. Winners will be announced in April, which is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
 

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