Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer is teaming up with AT&T to educate students at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, about the dangers of distracted smartphone driving. The assembly is part of AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign, which reminds drivers that distracted driving is never OK. At the assembly, the students will come face-to-face with the very real dangers of distracted driving through short documentary films, and after the screening, will have a chance to discuss tactics to stay safe behind the wheel and to sign the It Can Wait pledge.
The short films show the heartbreaking stories of two teenage boys who died in car accidents that were caused by distracted driving through in-depth interviews with their families. Students will hear their siblings tell how special their lives were; will see their mothers’ pain as they remember their loss; and through the collaboration of forensic artists and a visual effects team, students will even get a glimpse at what they would’ve looked like today. (Watch the full-length videos on YouTube here and here.)
AT&T* research found nearly 9-in-10 people admit to using their smartphone while driving.** While the It Can Wait Campaign began with a focus on not texting and driving, people are doing much more than just texting from behind the wheel: they’re checking email, accessing social media and even snapping photos. That’s why AT&T expanded the campaign to educate people about the broader dangers of using your smartphone behind the wheel.
WHO: Legislator William Spencer, Suffolk County
Brandon Ray, Regional Director, External Affairs, Long Island, AT&THarborfields High School students
WHEN: Monday, September 24th at 8:25 a.m.
WHERE: Harborfields High School
98 Taylor Ave., Greenlawn, NY 11740
VISUALS: It Can Wait documentaries
It Can Wait pledge boards
Students at assembly