ST. GEORGE – On Thursday, the City of St. George held a press conference at Desert Hills High School to declare April as “Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” and designate April 17, as “Heads Up, Thumbs Up Day.”
The designation comes in concert with the city’s massive efforts to raise awareness of distracted driving – especially among teens – and the recently passed legislation that strengthens the state’s distracted driving law.
City Mayor Jon Pike read and signed the proclamation in front of local and state representatives, the press, and members of the high school’s student body.
Regarding distracted driving, Pike directly addressed the gathered students:
“You are going to have to make this work,” Pike said, “you are the generation who was born to text and to tweet, you are the digital natives, so if you can make this work so can we.”
As part of “Heads Up, Thumbs Up Day,” residents of the community are encouraged to paint their thumbnails orange to remind them to keep their hands off their cell phones and on the wheel while driving. They are also encouraged to take a pledge not to drive distracted.
Leslee Henson, a St. George resident whose husband was hit and killed in an accident that was alleged to be a distracted driving incident one year ago, addressed the crowd about the campaign and the state’s new distracted driving law.
“This campaign is such a great thing to remind us all to keep our heads up, our eyes on the road, our thumbs up, our hands on the wheel,” Henson said.
Rep. Don Ipson, who presented the new bill to the House of Representatives spoke to those in attendance and explained the legislation.
“What this bill does is it prohibits us from manipulating the phone,” Ipson said.
Sen. Steve Urquhart who sponsored the bill was not in attendance.
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- For more information visit the Heads Up, Thumbs Up website.
- City launches massive campaign against distracted driving
- Community Action Team public meeting on distracted driving, child safety
- First of many no-texting signs unveiled in St. George
- Victim’s family brings ‘No Texting’ traffic signs to St. George
- Distracted driver triggers three-car accident, two sent to hospital
- Health Department cautions: Avoid drowsy driving
- Woman arrested in connection with fatal auto-pedestrian accident
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