Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) February 20, 2013
On February 20, Rocco Panetta, a spokesperson for the not-for-profit organization Texting Awareness Foundation, releases a statement unveiling plans to show new public service announcements at the Daytona 500.
According to Panetta, the Texting Awareness Foundation will be attending NASCAR’s big event, the Daytona 500, from Feb. 22 – Feb. 24 in an effort to showcase the organization’s new public service announcements, which remind people of the dangers of texting and driving.
Panetta expresses his excitement about being involved in such a big sporting event, saying “The Daytona 500 is a huge event with millions of fans. The raceway seats over 160,000 people and we are going to be showing our PSA twice an hour over the course of three days. It’s going to reach a lot of people and hopefully change the way they behave on the road and save them from potential accidents.”
The PSA is an effort by the Foundation to show more people how dangerous texting and driving is. “Many states have passed laws prohibiting talking on the phone while driving, and now also texting,” says Panetta. “However, adults and children are still dying every day because of accidents caused by texting. [Don’t text and drive – it’s simple as that. We want to change lives and this Daytona 500 event is a big step in that direction.”
While the Daytona 500 doesn’t start until Sunday, Feb. 24, there are other races kicking off the big weekend, Panetta says. The Nextera Energy Resources 250 and the DRIVE4COPD 300 are scheduled to precede the Daytona 500 on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23. The races will also feature driver signings, racecar displays and live music. The Zac Brown Band will also play on Daytona 500 race day.
“It’s going to be a great weekend and hopefully we will receive a lot of support,” he says. “Texting and driving is a really important issue, and it's not going away. I’m hoping our experience at the [Daytona 500 will spread awareness and really make people think twice about pulling out their cell phone while they’re driving.”
The Texting Awareness Foundation is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was created to remind and educate people about the dangers of texting and driving. Our goal is to keep the public informed, on a daily basis, of the possible legal and physical (body and property) dangers of texting and driving. Our “Remind You” campaign is designed to reduce accidents simply raising awareness.