Motor Vehicle Safety: “Text Later Live Longer”: VCU Police Officers Launch A Campaign Against Texting While Driving

Detective Shawn Kelley and Corporal Rebecca Ellison of the Virginia Commonwealth University (“VCU”) Police Department have started a campaign against texting while driving that is catching fire across the country. “Text Later Live Longer”, TL3 for short, is a bumper sticker program that lets other motorists know that texting behind the wheel is dangerous for everyone. In one month, their Facebook page[1] has received over 3,257 “Likes” and they have distributed 1,250 bumper stickers to residents of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 6 countries internationally.

People who visit the TL3 pagina de Facebook and “Like” it or request a sticker on the message board receive a TL3 bumper sticker for free. Upon request, driver’s education teachers and school board members across the country are receiving large quantities of stickers to hand out to their students in an effort to raise collective awareness that Conducción distraida can be fatal. As Detective Kelley explains, “the goal of TL3 bumper stickers is to send a message to other motorists that texting while driving endangers everyone on the road and is not acceptable.”

After years of crash investigation in the Richmond area, Detective Kelley has seen first hand the aftermath of texting while driving accidents in Richmond. As a bicycle patrol officer, he has been run off the road 5 times by inattentive motorists texting behind the wheel. The TL3 program is designed to combat behavior which, according to a recent study, contributes to 80 percent of traffic accidents on the I-95 corridor in Virginia.[2]

Allen y Allen is proud to support the TL3 campaign and its goal to combat distracted driving in Virginia.

Sobre el Autor: Chris Toepp es un Fredericksburg, abogado de lesiones personales de VA dedicada a ayudar a las personas que han resultado heridas por la negligencia de otros. Tiene experiencia en el manejo casos de lesiones personales que involucran accidentes automovilísticos. Chris trabaja en el Fredericksburg, oficina de Virginia de Allen & Allen y atiende a clientes en Virginia del Norte y Virginia Central.


[1] See website at: https://www.facebook.com/VCUTLcubed.

[2] A recent NBC news report details the statistics behind texting while driving on Virginia’s busiest highway; see full report at:  http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Nearly-1-in-5-Drivers-on-I-95-Admit-to-Texting-While-Driving-AAA-Survey-Says-207363371.html .