Phone checks and letters promote safe prom driving

London High School students read messages from London Elementary fourth-graders urging them practice safe driving skills over prom weekend.

(Posted May 2, 2024)

Madison County’s Safe Communities Coalition found unique ways to express the importance of safe driving to London High School students going to prom.

The coalition arranged for London Elementary fourth-graders to write messages with drawings to promote safe driving habits. The notes were given out during lunch period on April 26 to high school students planning to attend prom the next day.

Also on Aug. 26, representatives of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Public Health, London Police Department, Madison County Emergency Management Agency, West Jefferson Police Department, and Ohio State Highway Patrol–all of which are members of the coalition–performed a phone check as students were leaving the school grounds.

Law enforcement officers conducted a phone check at London High School on April 26, the day before prom, to emphasize the need to place phones in a safe, out-of-sight place while driving.

During the check, law enforcement officers stopped each vehicle leaving the parking lot to check where the driver’s phone was. If the driver had their phone out of sight and in a safe place, the driver received Smartie candies. Those who did not have their phone in a safe place while driving received a Dum-Dum sucker.

The Safe Communities Coalition urges drivers to put their phones away when behind the wheel. Drivers should follow these steps for a safe drive:

  • If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location.
  • Ask your passenger to be your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.
  • Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving.
  • Cell phone use is habit-forming. Struggling to not text and drive? Activate your phone’s “Do Not Disturb” feature, silence notifications, or put your phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your destination.
Members of Madison County’s Safe Communities Coalition gathered at London High School on Aug. 26 to promote safe driving on prom weekend.
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