The University of North Georgia (UNG) will partner with AT&T to promote Drive 4 Pledges Day on Thursday, Sept. 19, and remember one of its own students, Caleb Sorohan, whose untimely death as a result of texting and driving spurred state legislation and national awareness of the dangers of texting while driving. The Sept. 19 event on the national pledge day will kick-off UNG's campus-based pledge events that will occur the following week.
In December 2009, Caleb Sorohan, a freshman at North Georgia, was killed after crashing head on into another vehicle. Six text messages sent by Sorohan minutes before his collision were found on his phone. Responders to the scene found four incoming messages on the phone that had not yet been read.
Sorohan's death ignited a movement to ban texting while driving in Georgia, and in June 2010, Gov. Sonny Perdue signed Georgia Senate Bill 360, better known as the "Caleb Sorohan Act for Saving Lives by Preventing Texting While Driving." Sept. 19 is the anniversary of Sorohan's birthday.
More than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting, causing life-changing injuries and deaths.
During the Drive 4 Pledges Day event, which will be held on the patio outside the Hoag Student Center at 10:00 a.m., UNG President Bonita Jacobs will present a proclamation to Dr. Tom Walter, vice president for student affairs, to highlight the dangers of texting and driving. Additionally, Paul Chambers, Northeast Georgia Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T, will talk about the company's commitment to the It Can Wait campaign, which aims to help end texting while driving.
The event will be attended by local legislators who were involved in the successful passage of "Caleb's Law," as well as members of Sorohan's family.
For more ideas on how to get involved and information about texting and driving, visit www.ItCanWait.com.