It is 7 a.m. and we are at the McDonald’s off Braker Lane in north Austin. By we, I mean our KXAN photographer Thomas, me and two members of our marketing team.
We have our X the Text thumb bands…I am sporting a pink one…naturally!
So far, we have had at least 20 people come up and snag a band. They also took the pledge to no longer text and drive. But, before we were handing out these thumb bands, there were four teens in Fredericksburg that put a stop to texting behind the city in their town. Ashlyn Beckmann, Victoria Burke, Jena Ottmers and Alexis Schmidt, all juniors at Fredericksburg High School, turned a school health project into a law. It happened this past February.
The teens took their project to the city council members and five votes later it became law that texting while behind the wheel within Frederickburg city limits is illegal. But, there is more to this. The teens also made it illegal to text while stopped at a stoplight or at a stop sign. They girls feel this is just as dangerous as driving and texting. Now, if you get caught sending that text, you will get a ticket and face a $200 fine!
So far, only one warning has been issued in Fredericksburg. The girls are taking this as good news and believe people are stopping texting and their law is actually saving lives.
Will you X the Text?
If you want to take the pledge, come see us at the McDonalds on Braker until 10 a.m. today (4/29) or the McDonalds off East Ben White Blvd.
Then, at noon today, we will be at the McDonalds off Martin Luther King Blvd near The Drag.
To find out more about X the Txt click here.