Pledge to hang up while driving
PHS students take the pledge to hang up while driving
Posted on 02/18/2010
Students, teachers, administrators and parents at Pepperell High School have taken the pledge to take part in the Great Hang-up. The Great Hang Up is a program of 11Alive TV in Atlanta to encourage everyone to stop using their cell phone while driving. Donna Lowry, education reporter for 11Alive was at Pepperell High School on Wednesday, February 17th to get the school on board with The Great Hang Up. Lowery also featured her visit to the school in her morning education report on channel 11 this morning at 6:30 a.m. The visit will also be posted on the television stations website 

The event was organized and hosted by the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decision) Club at PHS. The SADD students have been active in road safety programs for students at Pepperell and other schools around the area and state and are seeking to make a life or death difference in schools. As part of an ongoing program to involve students in efforts to reduce injury and death to young drivers, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) awarded a $2,000.00 highway safety grant to The club in 2009 to enhance their existing SADD chapter. 

Georgia crash data confirms our youngest drivers, ages 15-to-19, have the highest rate of crashes, injuries and fatalities. During 2008, this 15-to-19 year old driver age group was involved in more than 85-thousand crashes on Georgia roadways that resulted in nearly 14-thousand injured teens and 134 teen highway deaths. More and more media reports are attributing these accidents to the use of cell phones or other distractions. 

The Great Hang Up pledge is: I pledge to do my best to stop using my cell phone while driving. I will not text, email, or talk on my phone while I am driving my car. I understand that driving while distracted is dangerous to me and to others on the road. I will do my best to pass this message on to others I care about. 

You can get more information about driving safety and The Great Hang Up at