Middletown students learn about distracted driving

April 28, 2018 by  

Students at Middletown High School recently met with telecommunications giant AT&T, the Rhode Island State Police, and the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General to learn more about the ‘It Can Wait’ campaign.

The focus of the presentation was the dangerous consequences of driving while distracted. As the hands-free law is now in effect in the state, these officials felt it was important to educate teens and young adults about not using their cellphones while driving.

The documentary ‘The Last Text’, was shown during the assembly. It featured young people who drove while distracted with their lives being forever changed. Students signed a pledge not to use their cellphones when they drive and to be ambassadors for others by asking them to put their phones away while in control of a vehicle.

Director of the Department of Public Safety and Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, Colonel Ann Assumpico, supports this program as it educates young drivers about the consequences of distracted driving, and strongly sends the message that a single phone call or text can be fatal.

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