Take the Pledge With Sacred Heart SAAC

Take the Pledge With Sacred Heart SAAC


The Student Athlete Advisory Committee has taken a stand against Distracted Driving and is asking Pioneers everywhere to stand with them in the 'SHU Against Distracted Driving' Campaign.

“We all know that this day and age is very technologically based," said SAAC Co-President and SHU Against Distracted Driving committee chair Alyssa Young. "We rely heavily on our phones for reminders, quick updates, and communication.  This poses a problem with wanting to use our phones while we drive.  We hear all the facts and see the personal stories, but we all think ‘It won’t happen to me’.  This initiative is underway to bring awareness and help change peoples’ minds, viewpoints, and attitudes about distracted driving.  No text, call, or social media message is more important your life or some else’s.”


  • In 2012, 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted driving
  • 25% of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive
  • 10% of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashers were reported as distracted at the time of the crash
  • Five seconds in the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. At 55mph, that is enough time to cover the length of a football field BLINDFOLDED
  • 20% of teens and 10% of parents admit that they have extended text conversations while driving
  • Drivers in their 20's make up 27 percent of distracted drivers in fatal crashes

SAAC launched the campaign at the annual SHU Hoops Madness event on October 24 as part of the University's Family Weekend and 384 Pioneer fans, family and friends signed the pledge.  Four lucky winners - Anthony Bartonik, William Duman, Kayla Lawrence and Abigail Rossi - took the pledge that night and were selected as winners of $25 gas cards.

SAAC will be sponsoring events throughout the year to raise awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted.