Nearly 200 local youths committed to refrain from texting while driving as part of a special program created by The Law Office of Rick Dehoyos. The campaign was launched to coincide with local graduations and the beginning of summer, and was designed to help increase awareness of the increasing safety hazard of the practice of driving while distracted.
In a series of paid ads area students were invited to sign a “pledge’ on the firm’s web site. Three winners were selected by random to receive scholarships.
Megan Moreno of Eola, and Jocelyn Reyes of San Angelo, both of whom plan to attend ASU to study nursing, and Jared Everett of Sterling City who will study welding at Texas State Technical College, were the scholarship recipients.
DeHoyos explains “We represent the victims of auto accidents, and we see the growing danger texting while driving represents. This was a fresh idea to address the problem. It is very difficult for law enforcement to enforce regulations on this. So it comes down to a conscious choice on the part of the driver.” Dehoyos adds, “This is strictly on the honor system, there is no way to enforce the pledge either, but that isn’t the point. This is the student’s decision, and the student making the commitment. If even a few young people became just that much more reluctant to text behind the wheel, this was a worthwhile success.”