Celebrities and Athletes Take a Stand Against Adults Texting and Driving By Reminding Parents to Think of Their Children

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WNBA Champion, Tammy Sutton-Brown, launches Public Awareness Campaign, “Think of Me," for parents and adults to be mindful that it is never acceptable to text and drive with children in the car.

Tammy Sutton-Brown, 12 year WNBA player and recently crowned Champion with the Indiana Fever, launched the Public Awareness Campaign, “Think of Me” in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, October 27 at the Fernbank Science Center. This campaign was created by Tammy Sutton-Brown and former WNBA All-star Rita Williams. Tammy is also the author and creator of the Cree and Scooter animated book series. The objective is to help bring to the consciousness of parents and adults that it is never acceptable to text and drive but especially not with children in the car. Adults must think about the lives of children that are being put at risk. Think of Me is from a child’s point of view, “Mom & Dad when you’re texting and driving, Think of Me.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2011 3,092 people died in distraction-affected crashes that involved a phone. This national awareness campaign kicked-off with a Pledge Day event where parents and adults signed the Think of Me pledge and received bumper stickers, wristbands and information. Notable celebrities and athletes who took the Pledge and jumpstarted the Social Media campaign by tweeting their support include the entire Indiana Fever WNBA Championship team like Olympic Gold Medalist and WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings and Cappie Pondexter, Ivory Latta (Tulsa Shock), Epiphanny Prince (Chicago Sky), Actress Terri Vaughn, Super Bowl Champion Max Starks IV (Pittsburgh Steelers), Pro Bowl NFL player Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans), NFL player Pierre Garcon (Redskins), former NFL players Roosevelt Colvin and sports radio host Kordell Stewart, NBA players Carl Landry (Golden State Warriors), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers), retired NBA player Walter McCarty and sports anchor Sam Crenshaw (WXIA).

“It is important that adults take an active role to help eliminate preventable car accidents related to texting and driving,” states Tammy Sutton-Brown. Rita Williams, who is an aunt to a niece and nephew, feels very strongly about this issue. “I take a personal stance that hits close to home that I would not want to put the lives of my niece and nephew in jeopardy or any child.”

For more information about the “Think of Me” Campaign, a complete list of celebrity and athlete supporters, upcoming Pledge Day events or to take the online pledge, visit: http://www.CreeandScooter.com.

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