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High Schools Rewarded For Commitment to W8 2 TXT

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -

Update May 1, 2013:

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety and Subway Restaurants announced the winning schools in their "W8 2 TXT" campaign to prevent distracted driving, especially texting while driving.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol estimates about 25,000 students heard the "W8 2 TXT" message as Community Relations Officers went across the state with prom and safety presentations.

This is the second year SCDPS and Subway have partnered to keep students safe with this campaign.

Subway Restaurants and troopers distributed over 280,000 wristbands with the W8 2 TXT message printed on them.

Winning schools with the highest percentage of students who took the W8 2 TXT pledge in the six regions are:

Upstate - Greenwood Christian School in Greenwood

Rock Hill/Charlotte – Central Academy at Lake Park in Indian Trail, N.C.

Midlands – Gilbert High School in Gilbert

Pee Dee/Grand Strand – Lake City High School in Lake City

Lowcountry – Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville

Aiken/Augusta – Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School in Bamberg. 

April 24, 2013

Troopers from the S.C. Department of Public Safety will be present at the Subway restaurant on Laurens Road at Verdae Village in the Bi-Lo Shopping Center in Greenville on Wednesday from 4 pm to 7 pm for "W8 2 TXT Wednesdays".

The event supports National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and offers hands-on demonstrations about the dangers of distracted driving.

Free 6-inch subs will be provided for the first 25 people and reminder wristbands with the W8 2 TXT message will be available while supplies last.

The events are free and open to the public.  Teens and parents are encouraged to stop by to learn more about safe driving.

A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Study says drivers who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to crash.

High-school students can also participate in a W8 2 TXT Pledge High School Competition now underway.

By signing a virtual W8 2 TXT Pledge Wall, students can be counted in a high school challenge to win a $500 grant for safety programs and free subs for the school from SUBWAY restaurants.

Pledges will be accepted until midnight April 26th. See official rules for contest details.

 

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