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Fire Department Launches Stop Texting and Driving Bumper Sticker Campaign

Fatal accident on County Road 39 was one of the motivation for new bumper stickers.

Stop Texting While Driving bumper sticker from the Southampton Fire Department Credit: Chris Brenner
Stop Texting While Driving bumper sticker from the Southampton Fire Department Credit: Chris Brenner
The Southampton Fire Department wants drivers to put down their phones, heed the law, and stop texting while behind the wheel.

Chief Dennis Roy said his department is launching a bumper sticker campaign with a message to motorists: "Your friends at the Southampton Fire Department want you to stop texting while driving."

"I go to a lot of accidents and it's obvious what people were doing," Roy said.

As he drives around Southampton Village he said he often sees drivers taking their eyes of the road, to glance down at their phones to either read or send a text.

"Some statistics say it's worse than drinking and driving," he said.

Roy said the idea for the bumper sticker campaign came about after an accident on County Road 39 in Southampton this summer that killed a 29-year-old mother of two. Police said Carissa Castillo was using her phone — though not for texting or talking — when she crossed into the opposite lane and hit a Hampton Jitney bus.

The accident, he said, affected many people, including his daughter who wondered what she could do to get people to stop getting distracted by their phone while they are driving. She suggested trying to get people to pledge never to text and drive, which led to the bumper stickers.

The department had 2,500 made up, which they will hand out to school children in packets during fire prevention training. Throughout the month, fire officials go into the elementary schools to speak to students.

What they have left over firefighters will hand out the Open House on Nov. 2 at the Windmill Lane firehouse.

"If it's a big hit, we'll get more printed up," Roy said.

If anyone wants a bumper sticker, call the Hampton Road firehouse at 631-283-0072.

Would you put one of these bumper stickers on your car? Tell us in the comments below.
Elatia Grimshaw October 14, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Shouldn't they hand them out to high schoolers, since they're the ones old enough to drive?
EG October 15, 2013 at 06:49 AM
Bumper stickers cause distracted driving
michael Paraskevas October 15, 2013 at 07:05 AM
Isn't reading a bumper sticker distracting? It's text on your bumper.
michael Paraskevas October 15, 2013 at 07:06 AM
I wish people would get off their phones while driving. Hands free is bad enough..but I see soooooooo many people talking on hand helds... crazy crazy crazy. Remember what life was like without a phone attached to your ear?
Gabrielle Roy October 22, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Accidents caused by reading bumper stickers don't seem to be a huge issue. It's also short and sweet. We don't want to lose anyone else. It can wait.

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