Kansas State University has state's highest number of students pledge to not text and drive
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
MANHATTAN — Students at Kansas State University are committed to driving safely by putting away their phones and keeping their eyes on the road.
Kansas State University had the highest number of students pledge in the initial Don't Text #JustDrive contest between seven Kansas universities. More than 6,000 Kansas State University students pledged to not text while driving.
The contest had nearly 35,000 total pledge votes statewide, which account for one-third of the universities' student populations. Emporia State University won the fall contest by earning the highest number of votes by percentage of students enrolled.
"I want to thank everyone who pledged to not text and drive for making this important choice," said Jessica Van Ranken, student body president and senior in political science, Lindsborg. "Choosing to not text while driving is a potentially lifesaving decision. This shows that K-State students care about keeping themselves and others safe — another sign of the strength of the K-State family."
The campaign ended Nov. 22 and was sponsored by the Kansas Insurance Department, the Kansas Department of Transportation, AT&T, the Kansas Automobile Insurance Plan, the Kansas Turnpike Authority, the Kansas Highway Patrol, Allstate Insurance Co., State Farm Mutual Insurance Co., Farmers Insurance and Upland Mutual Insurance Co.