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November 26, 2013 > Local school launches safe driving message

Local school launches safe driving message

Submitted By Julie Rems-Smario

The California Highway Patrol publicly announced its ÒDonÕt Text and DriveÓ campaign partnership with California School for the Deaf in Fremont (CSD) through the launch of a powerful video at CSDÕs Klopping Theater on November 21st. The purpose of this video is to increase awareness among young drivers, Deaf and hearing, that texting, internet surfing or emailing on mobile devices while driving is extremely dangerous. According to AAAÕs survey of teen drivers, 46 percent of teens text and 51 percent talk on cell phones while driving.

CHP Officer Jeremy Wayland and his film crew worked with CSD students, including Brianna Dike and Connor Baer to produce this powerful PSA. ÒIt was such a wonderful experience to work with the California School for the Deaf on this project. It doesnÕt matter if someone is Deaf or hearing, the message is universal; distracted driving can kill. We value partnerships like this as instrumental in our efforts to educate the public and save lives. Our hope is that this public service announcement is seen and shared by as many people as possible. If we succeed in saving even one life, weÕve done our jobÓ, said Officer Wayland.

This PSA truly opened the actorsÕ eyes to the dangers of texting while operating a vehicle. ÒThe filming experience made the tragic results of texting and driving seem so real that it gave me goose bumps. I want to tell the world to stop texting and driving to prevent accidents and deaths,Ó said Brianna. Connor, also deeply impacted, said, ÒIt made me realize that you could lose your loved ones instantly with an unfinished sentence. It is not worth it.Ó

Several short videos can be seen at: http://www.chp.ca.gov/depts_divs_offs/omr_texting.html

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