A group of University of Arizona students have started an on-campus campaign to remind their fellow students of the dangers of texting while driving. They are so committed to advancing the cause of alerting students of the dangers of texting while driving that they have allocated more than $1,200 from their budget to spend on the campaign.

Associated Students of the University of Arizona will use the money to put signs in every parking garage warning students not to text and drive. They also plan to use some of the funds for key chains with an anti-texting while driving slogan printed on them which will be handed out to students at on-campus events.

The ASUA has always made safety a primary concern for students. They have a SafeRide program which provides sober rides for students who may have had too much to drink. The program has provided safe rides for hundreds of students this past year alone, and intends to continue providing rides in the future.

The Arizona students are so concerned about driving safety likely because of a few shattering statistics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that vehicle collisions remain the leading causing of death for teen drivers, many of whom have recently started college. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated repeatedly that distracted driving deaths continue to rise and that most of these types of crashes are caused by young, inexperienced drivers.

For anyone interested in preserving the safety of young people the emphasis needs to be placed squarely; first and foremost, on safe driving. And Arizona students seem to be taking this issue to heart.