SOUTHINGTON - AAAâ€™s new Southington Car Insurance and Travel Center on Queen Street is collecting supplies for Thalberg Elementary School, and encouraging people to take a pledge not to drive â€śintexticated.â€ť
Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA, said the association is collecting school supplies at several locations through Aug. 4. People are encouraged to donate new, unused school supplies. AAA works with local schools to determine the level of need and, after supplies are collected, AAA associates deliver them to where they can be of the greatest benefit.
â€śAAA makes every effort to support the local community - and in this case students in the local school system,â€ť said Parmenter. â€śWe also support the School Safety Patrol in Southington. Weâ€™re excited about it - Southington is a new community for us and weâ€™re very anxious to help everyone get their school year off to the best possible start.â€ť
While stopping by the location at 755 Queen St. to donate, people are being encouraged to also take a pledge not to text and drive. This campaign is also being held at several AAA locations.
Parmenter said AAAâ€™s multi-year initiative, the â€śDonâ€™t Drive Intoxicated - Donâ€™t Drive Intexticatedâ€ť campaign, compares texting and driving with drinking and driving. Both, she said, often result in serious injury or death.
â€śA person using a cell phone while driving is four times as likely to be involved in a crash as drivers who are not,â€ť said Parmenter. â€śAAA hopes to reverse this disturbing trend. It is critical for parents and non-parents alike to stay focused on their driving. Put your phones down while you are driving. There are a lot of children crossing the streets, which may or may not be in crosswalks. This initiative is also the perfect opportunity for parents of older children to have a conversation with them about driving distracted.â€ť
People can also take the â€śDonâ€™t Drive Intoxicated - Donâ€™t Drive Intexticatedâ€ť pledge online by visiting AAA.com/dontdrivedistracted
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.