|The Distracted Driving kick off event hosted by Michigan State Police and Verizon at Novi High School on September 25, 2015.|
Statewide, the Michigan State Police dedicates 33 community service troopers (CSTs) to educate the public on prevention, education and awareness issues, including distracted driving. The CSTs will assist in the distribution of thousands of awareness-raising phone wallets, displaying the message "One Text or Call Could Wreck It All," courtesy of Verizon.
- "Verizon is pleased to support Colonel Etue and the Michigan State Police as they educate Michigan's newest drivers about driving responsibly. This statewide program is part of Verizon's tangible commitment to addressing an incredibly important safety issue," said Jeffrey Nelson, Verizon Vice President of Global Communications.
- "With all of the technology and gadgets available to drivers today, there is an epidemic of distracted driving on our roads," said Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue, Director, Michigan State Police. "Teens, with their inexperience behind the wheel, are particularly at risk. We appreciate the support of Verizon to partner with us to share this important safety message with Michigan high school students."
- "Distracted driving is an issue with potentially devastating consequences that impacts everyone, particularly high school students," said Dr. Steve Matthews, Superintendent of Novi Community School System. "As a district, we support the efforts of Verizon and the Michigan State Police to bring attention to this issue. More importantly we applaud these efforts to find ways to help our students and all drivers understand the impact of distracted driving and to make better choices."
- "As a world pioneer in the automotive industry, it's critical that Michigan also leads in safe driving practices," said Senate Majority Floor Leader Kowall. "As Chair of the Michigan Legislative Auto Caucus, I am extremely proud to participate in the launch of this important educational program on distracted driving from Verizon and the Michigan State Police."