RCHS Distracted Driver Presentation

Nearly 350 students at Richland Center High School learned today (Friday) about the dangers of smartphone activities while driving and were encouraged to take the pledge to keep their eyes on the road and not on their phones.

RCHS teamed up with AT&T, AAA, and the Wisconsin State Patrol as part of the “It Can Wait” campaign to remind students that smartphone activity can – and should – wait until after driving.

Today’s assembly was part of a series of high school events conducted by the participating organizations to drive home the dangers of distracted driving and encourage students to take the pledge.

Today’s (Friday) event featured the AAA’s distracted driving simulator, which allowed students to experience the dangers of smartphone activities behind the wheel. Teens also watched a powerful documentary produced by AT&T called “The Last Text” that shares real stories about lives altered or ended by someone’s decision to text and drive.

December of 2015 marked the 5-year anniversary of Wisconsin's ban on texting while driving.