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AAA collects supplies to help local students; public invited to take pledge against driving ‘intexticated’

While no one is ready for summer to be over quite yet, the reality is that back-to-school time is coming soon.

In an effort to help local schools, AAA is collecting school supplies through Aug. 4 at both AAA retail locations as well as the AAA fleet facility in Lexington.

The campaign encourages AAA associates, members and the general public to donate new, unused school supplies. The local schools supported by the collection drive are chosen by AAA associates. After the donations are collected, AAA associates will deliver the supplies to their chosen school.

“AAA cares deeply about the communities in which we live and serve,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, the manager of public and government affairs at AAA Blue Grass. “AAA aims to ensure students have what they need when they get to school, which not only takes pressure off families but gets the school year started right.”

School supplies may be dropped off at the following AAA locations in Lexington:

• AAA Palomar, 3710 Palomar Centre Drive
• AAA Hamburg, 3008 Atkinson Avenue
• AAA Fleet Facility, 1008 Eastland Drive East

Helping Students Inside and Outside the Classroom

When dropping off donations, the public is encouraged to take AAA’s “Don’t Drive Intexticated” pledge. AAA’s multi-year initiative, “Don’t Drive Intoxicated — Don’t Drive Intexticated” campaign links the impact of drinking and driving with distracted driving.

Research shows both are comparably dangerous, killing and injuring drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. A person using a cellphone while driving is four times as likely to be involved in a crash as drivers who are not.

Motorists can also sign the pledge online at AAA.com.

Distracted driving a major concern in Kentucky

A recent AAA poll of Kentucky motorists found that 92 percent are very or somewhat concerned for their safety due to other drivers being distracted by electronic devices. Yet, despite the growing concern, 80 percent say they see more drivers around them distracted by electronic devices every day.

“With more distractions than ever and the school year about to begin, motorists need to make a new commitment to put the phone away and watch out for students,” said Weaver Hawkins.

From AAA

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