BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — City officials want you and your teenagers to take the pledge not to text and drive.
The "Stay Alive, Don't Text and Drive" campaign brings awareness to the dangers of texting and driving.
Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle is partnering with BRPD, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, and even some state agencies to make sure the message is heard.
Officials say a person that’s texting and driving has statistically the same delayed reaction time as a driver who's legally drunk. And of course, teenagers are big texters.
"Our goal is to get the message out to every student how dangerous it is to text and drive, and how you do not have to make that decision,” stated Marcelle. “If you don't make that choice, it's a great decision."
Texting while driving can cost you anywhere from $175 to $500 for a repeat offense.
Here’s is the campaign’s pledge:
• I pledge not to text and drive
• I further pledge to educate others about the dangers of texting and driving
• I pledge to be smart and to be an example to my peers
• I realize that the dangers associated with texting and driving is not worth it and there’s nothing worth endangering my life and/or the lives of others!