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"Put it Down" Campaign launched by Florida Department of Transportation

At the School Board Meeting of September 7, 2011, School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman announced that the National Teen Driver Safety Week, scheduled for the Week of October 16 - 22, 2011, is quickly approaching. In preparation, the School District is working with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to make this year’s event a true success.

This year, FDOT is assisting by launching a “Put it Down” campaign to discourage cell phone use while driving.  During the four weeks leading up to Teen Driver Safety Week, FDOT developed messages that will be shared via the Weekly Briefing and postings on Student, Parent, and Community Portals. There will be a different message each week, focusing on the severity of distracted driving and ways to avoid dangerous driving behaviors. 

In addition, FDOT will be hosting events at various schools throughout the District to distribute promotional material as well as encouraging students and faculty to take the pledge “not to text and drive”.  A guide to cell phone safety while driving, including Pledge Cards, will also be posted on various portals for students and parents to download.  This will provide an ideal opportunity for parents to review the material with their teenage children.

Click here to learn more about the
2011 Teen Drivers Safety Week!

Three simple steps for safer driving:

Put away your phone (or other device) before you start driving.

Safely pull off the road if you need to send a text or make a call.

Don’t tempt other drivers to text or talk.


Take the no-texting pledge!

Carry this as a reminder of your commitment to safer driving.
Talk to another person (witness) about this pledge. Discuss the steps for safer
driving together before signing your names below.

Put It Down!

There’s never an excuse for texting while driving.

Texting is not OK when stopped at a red light or stop sign.

Texting or talking on a cell phone is riskier than talking to passengers.

Using other “apps” is also dangerous when driving.

Some no-texting laws focus on younger drivers.

Learn more about the laws in your area.

Hands-free phones are dangerous, too.

They haven’t been proven to be safer than handheld devices.

Reasons may include:

Having a conversation is still a distraction.

Drivers may still have to reach for their phone to dial or use other applications.

Texting while driving can also be costly.

Not only can texting be deadly, but you may also risk:

Tickets and fines (laws vary by state), which can raise your insurance rates.

Loss of your driving privileges.

Criminal charges (laws vary by state).

Learn More About Distracted Driving




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