Rep. Catherine Toll Visits Turn Off Texting at Cabot High School

Vermont Representative Catherine Toll (Caledonia-Washington) visited the students of Cabot High School to participate in a ‘Turn Off Texting’ demonstration presented by the Youth Safety Council of Vermont with guest host Andrew Kingman, AT&T Regional Director, External Affairs, Northern New England. The demonstration, called ‘Turn Off Texting, is a free demonstration provided by the Youth Safety Council to high schools and community groups across the state, info at yscvt.org.

Toll and Kingman shared statistics and experiences about making safe decisions with 16 young drivers, and provided information about how dramatically dangerous it is to drive while distracted, noting using a handheld device at the wheel is as dangerous as driving drunk. Kingman shared information from the AT&T ‘It Can Wait’ campaign, itcanwait.com, to prevent distracted driving, and mentioned the free AT&T ‘Drive Mode’ mobile app that automatically disables cell phone distractions while driving, https://youtu.be/D77-ncDZBEM

Presenter Paul Burroughs guided students as they steered through a course of traffic cones in a golf cart while texting, learning first-hand that distracted driving has dangerous consequences. They crushed cones with the cart, unable to drive accurately while using their phones. Driver Educator Pam Ricker invited the YSCVT Turn Off Texting demonstration to campus.

High resolution photos are available at https://goo.gl/photos/EH1kkJKJrm9hJQrw7

To contact James Lockridge, Executive Director, Youth Safety Council of Vermont: (802) 881-9050, info@yscvt.org. A schedule of upcoming Turn Off Texting demonstrations throughout the state is published at yscvt.org and members of the press are always welcome to attend.

To contact Rep. Catherine Toll: (802) 684-3671, ktoll@leg.state.vt.us

To contact Andrew A. Kingman, Regional Director, External Affairs, Northern New England (VT, NH, ME): (617) 416-1367, andrew.kingman@att.com