LAKE ORION (WWJ) – Don’t text and drive. That’s the message at Lake Orion High School where students are ready to jump into a big competition to hold them to it.
Allstate is sponsoring the nationwide competition called “X” the “Text”. Lake Orion High students will take an online pledge Tuesday to put down their phones when they are in the car.

And while it’s against the law to text and drive in Michigan, Orion Township Allstate agency owner Rick Spano says young drivers just don’t seem to understand the consequences of texting and driving.

“You’re 23 times more likely to get in a crash while you’re texting and driving. You take your eyes off the road for just a couple of seconds and accidents happen. Several deaths every year are caused by people simply texting,” says Spano.

Spano adds that it’s a worldwide problem that Allstate is hoping to help solve. “Over 4,000 teens every year die in car crashes from distracted driving. Texting seems to be one of the largest problems that we have, nationwide and worldwide, with car crashes. Allstate is trying to help teenagers make better choices,” says Spano.

Allstate is launching the competition to grow their “X” the “Text” movement in schools across the country. The winning school will pocket $10,000.

  1. Erik Wood says:

    I think this effort will help drivers get the message. It has to start with the end user, the driver…deciding not to partake in distracted driving and this will help drive that message home.

    I also decided to do something about teen (and adult) distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool for teens and their parents called OTTER that is a simple, GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. It also silences call ringtones while driving unless you have a bluetooth enabled. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER app

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