Quinn, Rose Gets Behind National ‘No Text On Board Day’
In a seemingly, unlikely team up, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Bulls member Derrick Rose shared a podium this morning to show their support for the No Text on Board Day.
The press conference, held at the AT&T flagship store at 600 N. Michigan Avenue Wednesday morning is part of a AT&T sponsored initiative called It Can Wait, for drivers to sign a pledge never again text while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
“No text message is as important as your life or the lives of others,” Gov. Quinn said. “I signed legislation to prevent distracted driving, but we can never do enough to educate drivers about the dangers and consequences of texting while driving. Today, I urge all Illinois drivers to take the pledge to never text and drive again.”
Quinn signed a bill banning texting while driving on all Illinois roads back in 2009.
“I have to be focused when I drive, whether it’s on the court or on the road. That’s why I don’t text when I drive. I tell my friends: “It Can Wait,” said Derrick Rose. “I’m proud to join AT&T’s team and help lead this important campaign to warn teenage drivers in Illinois about the real dangers of texting while driving.”
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, who headed up the state’s Distracted Driving Task Force, was also on hand at the press conference.
“These laws are important and make our roads safer,” said White. “No driver has any business text messaging while they are driving. However, far too many drivers continue to text while driving. That is why I am pleased to join AT&T in this comprehensive effort to change behavior and save lives. The message is simple: Drive now; text later. Because no text is worth dying for.”
Representatives of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Tollway Authority and the Illinois State Police were also on hand.
Drivers can sign the No Text on Board Day pledge here.