Broward kicks off “Take 5 to Stay Alive. Don’t Text and Drive” campaign

May 16, 2013 10:32 AMComments OffViews:

Broward County, EyesOnNews.com staff (May 16, 2013) - Florida Governor Rick Scott has less than a week to sign into law a bill banning texting while driving.   Recent national news headlines on this issue include:

  • CDC study: Texting, driving may coincide with other risky teen behaviors
  • More Teens Killed Texting While Driving Than Drinking – Newsmax.com
  • U.S. carriers line up against texting while driving

The Broward Regional EMS Council have joined a campaign to  bring awareness to the growing problem of texting while driving, particularly among younger drivers.The campaign of “Take 5 to Stay Alive. Don’t Text and Drive” is using Gabby Chaves as their spokesperson.

Chaves is a 19-year-old Weston resident and a leading race car driver in the Indy Lights series.  Chaves and the council believe teens are more likely to listen to a peer rather than a much older person.

Tuesday, Chaves was on hand when the Broward County Commission issued a proclamation declaring May as  “Take 5 to Stay Alive. Don’t Text and Drive” month.

EyesOnNews had a chance to talk to Chaves and County Commissioner Chip LaMarca about the proclamation:

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