Hudson students featured on Twin Cities newscastKARE 11 television featured Hudson’s Hang Up and Drive campaign as part of their "Extra" segment on Tuesday, Nov. 16 during the 10 p.m. newscast.
By: Randy Hanson, Hudson Star-Observer
Hudson High School students Brooke Brokaw and Cally Ahlin appeared before the Hudson City Council Nov. 8 to promote a program encouraging drivers to turn off their cell phones when they get behind the steering wheel.
Police Chief Marty Jensen also spoke on behalf of the program.
The “Great Hang Up” is a campaign of KARE 11-TV, Youth Action Hudson, Students Against Destructive Decisions, St. Croix Valley Youth Court, the Hudson and North Hudson police departments and St. Croix Valley Insurance Services.
The campaign asks drivers to sign a pledge to do their best to stop using their cell phones while driving.
“I will not text, e-mail or talk on my phone while I am driving. I understand that driving while distracted is dangerous to me, my passengers and to others on the road. I will do my best to pass this message on to others I care about,” the pledge form says.
Jensen said a substantial percentage of accidents are caused by drivers preoccupied with their cell phones.
The pledge form includes 11 tips to help drivers keep their promise. They include making last-minutes calls before getting in the car, putting a reminder sticker on your dashboard and asking family members not to call you during your normal commute times.
KARE 11 featured Hudson’s “Great Hang Up” campaign as part of its “Extra” segment during the Tuesday 10 p.m. newscast.
Hudson students, representatives of the partnering organizations and Chief Jensen appeared on the newscast.