Pratt Community College in conjunction with the Kansas Insurance Department (KID) is challenging students and community members to take the pledge to stop texting while driving.
Texting and driving endangers drivers as well as everyone on the road. The message from the KID is that when a driver takes their eyes off of the road, the chances of causing a devastating car crash increase dramatically. It takes an average of three seconds after a driver’s mind is taken off the road for any road accident to occur. That’s the average time it takes to turn your ignition when starting your vehicle.
According to the KID the chances of an accident because of any reason is increased 23 times when the driver is texting. And get this: Texting and driving is 6 times more likely to get you in an accident than drunk driving. That is a very serious statistic.
PCC challenges you to take a pledge to stop texting and driving! Beginning Mar. 15 though Apr. 15 PCC, Dodge City Community College, Hutchinson Community College and Butler Community College will be in a race to get as many pledges to not text and drive.
There are two ways to take the pledge and show your community spirit for this awareness campaign. From Mar. 15 to Apr. 17 text the word PRATT to 50555 or visit ksinsurance.org/JustDrive and click on Pratt Community College to cast your pledge.
PCC will also be hosting Miss Kansas, Kendal Schoenekase, on campus Mar. 30 at 3 p.m. in Carpenter Auditorium for a presentation about her platform, Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive. In conjunction with this presentation PCC will also have “The SEAT” driving simulation bus on campus from 1 to 4 p.m. the same day. PCC invites all community and students to participate.
Let’s show them that Pratt Community College is the best in Kansas by getting the most pledges.
Please make this commitment to improve driver safety in Kansas. It’s important for you, your family and our community. And remember: Eyes up, phone down, save lives.