The North Carolina High School Athletic Association and AAA are entering the third year of a three year partnership and are teaming up to protect our students.
One of the hardest thinsg for an athletic director, coach or principal to do is attend the funeral of one of his or her high school students who died while texting and driving. The scary fact is that North Carolina is the second highest state in the nation for total teen traffic deaths, behind only Texas – not a statistic to be proud of in the least!
Texting has become a way of life for young people and while teens know the dangers of distracted driving, they still do it. Unlike a football player who knows what will happen if he plays without a helmet, the teen driver can’t see what can happen to them while texting behind the wheel. They don’t think it will ever happen to them.
AAA Carolinas and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association are working together to combat this culture. And we are asking for the help of school people all over the state. Coaches and teachers have a real influence on every student’s life. And often their words and messages carry special weight with young athletes.
AAA will be at all of this year’s NCHSAA Regional Meetings and will provide packets of information for schools to share with their athletic teams, including videos, stories of teens who died while texting and driving and distracted driving statistics. Additionally, AAA representatives are available to do a presentation for your team, group or school.
AAA representatives look forward to meeting and speaking with NCHSAA member schools at this year’s Regional Meetings. We hope together we can save some lives.