Bismarck, N.D. – U Drive. U Text. U Pay., a statewide enforcement campaign
to make our roads safer continues in North Dakota through September 30. Law
enforcement agencies across the state will continue their participation in
the campaign as they enforce the ban on texting while driving.
the enforcement campaign continues, two North Dakota teens are making their
voice heard when it comes to putting an end to distracted driving. Lauren
Roscoe was selected among 500,000 active members as the Students Against
Destructive Decisions (SADD) National student of the year and Logan Munson is
the Northern Lights region SADD student of the year. The Northern Lights
region consists of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota and has about
4,200 members. Both students are from New Rockford, North Dakota and want
their peers to understand the dangers of distracted driving. Texting while
driving multiplies the chance of a crash 23 times.
can never stress enough to my peers how dangerous distracted driving is.
Although so many teens think they are invincible, nobody is,” said Roscoe.
“They aren’t thinking about the consequences of their actions and how they
affect not only themselves but everyone around them. No text is worth losing
a life. Always being alert and aware can help guarantee everyone gets to
their destination safely every single time.”
I talk about distracted driving to my fellow teens, I try to get across that
getting in a vehicle crash can happen to anyone. Driving distracted is a very
serious issue. When anyone drives distracted they are putting themselves,
passengers, and everyone around them in danger,” explains Munson.
the next year, as National and State students of the year, Roscoe and Munson
will team up with the NDDOT to help promote the state’s Vision Zero mission
to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries caused by motor vehicle
crashes on North Dakota roads.
are invited to help promote the Vision Zero message by using the story
accompanying this press release as a guest column.
the North Dakota Crash Memorial wall
to view memorials built on the hope of preventing another death on North