Subway and S.C. Highway Patrol representatives spoke to an auditorium filled with West Ashley High School students on Tuesday as part of the state’s “W8 2 TXT” or Wait to Text campaign.
The initiative is a partnership between local Subway restaurants and the S.C. Department of Public Safety, a news release said.
According to the Department of Public Safety, 110 drivers between the ages of 15 and 24 died on state roads in 2012. Those who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to crash, according to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Study.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres spoke of the heartache he feels when telling families that their loved one is gone.
“I ring that doorbell knowing that the people in this house will never ever be the same,” Beres said. “Everyone in this room can make a difference.”
Students can visit subwayw82txt.com to sign a virtual pledge wall and be counted in a challenge to win prizes, a news release said.
Winners will be announced in April, which is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, according to the release.