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Campaign Against Texting & Driving

042810Feature1_TextingDr. Mark Schulz (Public Health Education) knows the danger of texting while driving all too well.

A longtime advocate for the safety of cyclists, Schulz was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Aycock Street near the campus on March 26, 2008. The vehicle’s driver had been texting.

“If she had been going 10 miles an hour faster I wouldn’t be talking to you,” Schulz told CBS affiliate WFMY during a news conference Friday, April 16.

“I had five compressed discs, a broken sternum, a broken left kneecap. I was out for about 20 minutes with the concussion.”

Schulz and Chancellor Linda P. Brady joined state legislators and AT&T officials at the news conference in Elliott University Center to help promote AT&T’s nationwide “Txting & Drvng – It Can Wait” awareness campaign. AT&T has put information about the campaign online.http://www.att.com/txtngcanwait

The event at UNCG was covered by News 14 Carolina and WFMY.

The campaign, aimed largely at young adults, includes public service announcements featuring texts drivers were reading or typing when they were in catastrophic crashes.

North Carolina’s ban on texting while driving, which was spurred in part by Schulz’s experience, took effect in December.

“The message is simple: If you’re driving, don’t text,” Brady said. “Momentary and avoidable lapses in attention change lives forever. We’re asking students and everyone at the university to pledge not to text while driving. It’s a small decision, but one that saves lives.”

The news conference also included remarks from Rep. Pricey Harrison of Greensboro, who co-sponsored the legislation to ban texting while driving in North Carolina; Rep. Maggie Jeffus of Greensboro; and Rep. Earl Jones of Greensboro. Melissa Midgett, state director for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and a UNCG aluma, also attended.

A number of students pursuing master’s degrees in public health education attended the news conference, too.

Visual: The chancellor and Schulz join others in signing a pledge to never text while driving.