Local Students Participate in AAA Campaign Spreading Awareness about Distracted Driving

April 20, 2019 - 4:25 pm

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTIC) – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and AAA is spreading the word with a “Don’t Drive Intexticated” campaign.

During the opening of a new AAA Car Care Center in Southington, which will be the first of its kind in Connecticut, AAA Student Patrollers from nearby Flanders Elementary asked adults to ‘Take the Pledge’ not to drive intexticated.

The campaign compares distracted driving to drunk driving and the new Car Care Center’s grand opening took place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. 

The School Safety Patrollers were not alone in their efforts to spread awareness about distracted driving either, as Officers from the Southington Police Department conducted a ‘distracted driving enforcement’ along Queen Street.  Those Officers also joined the kids at the grand opening.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving kills nine people a day and injuries thousands more.

“As AAA’s new Public Service Announcement dramatically illustrates, distracted driving puts everyone at risk,” said Amy Parmenter, a spokesperson for AAA in Hartford.  “We are extremely proud of these youngsters who are doing their part to help change adult behaviors.”

Students, Officers and AAA officials ask that all motorists take the pledge not to drive distracted.  A link to that online pledge can be found here.

“This going to be a multi-year, multi-platform campaign,” said Parmenter.  “It’s not going to end at the end of April any more than distracted driving – unfortunately – is not going to end at the end of April.  AAA’s intention is to get everyone involved because this is an issue that impacts everyone – it’s not just about the drivers and passengers, it’s about families and friends and really folks of all ages.”

Photo Courtesy of AAA