On the field, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate takes on formidable opponents. Now, he is taking on a new opponent off the gridiron: texting and driving. Tate teamed up with Verizon Wireless and launched the second “Save It, Seattle” contest.
The contest encourages Seattle residents to keep their phones out of sight and their eyes on the road by collecting pledges to never text and drive. This year, seven South Puget Sound high schools are competing to obtain the most pledges against texting and driving. The participating high school that receives the most pledges will win a meet and greet with Tate at their school.
Last year, Seattle’s Roosevelt High School collected the most pledges and received a visit from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson spoke to more than 1,000 students about the dangers of texting and driving and joined the students in making the commitment to drive safely.
Texting while driving has been found to be associated with several other risky motor vehicle behaviors. For parents who wish to monitor the activity on their children's device, Verizon Wireless offers a service called FamilyBase to give parents insight and control over when, how and with whom their kids communicate.
As part of its commitment to safer communities, Verizon Wireless continues to take the lead in educating the public and supporting legislation and new technology solutions for driving responsibly. Visit InsidersGuide.vzw.com/SaveItSeattle to take the pledge and stop texting and driving today.