RENSSELAER, N.Y. – In an effort to educate the public, particularly the increased number of teens behind the wheel during summer months, about the dangers of texting and driving local officials, the Tri-City ValleyCats and AT&T employees have joined together to organize a four-day "It Can Wait" anti-texting-while driving-campaign.
"We're at the mid-point in the summer for the 100 deadliest days for U.S. teen drivers, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day," said Marissa Shorenstein, AT&T New York president.
The event began Thursday and will continue through to Sunday. Each location received a special appearance by the ValleyCats and featured online driving simulators. The online simulator is available free to the public at www.itcanwaitsimulator.org.
Attendees were encouraged to take a public pledge to never text message while drive again at www.itcanwait.com.
Girl Scouts from Wynantskill also attended Saturday's event at the 307 Troy Road location, encouraging the public to take the pledge and holding a food drive.
The campaign's big finish will begin at 4 p.m. and continue until the end of Sunday's ValleyCats game against Hudson Valley. Local officials and the ValleyCats mascot will be available with three wheel/pedal driving simulators near the front gate of the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.