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Contact: Erin Cassano, program coordinator, 610-606-4666 ext. 3666

Cedar Crest College Addresses Dangers of Distracted Driving with Dead Cell Phone Day

Allentown, Pa. (Oct. 29, 2010)—The upcoming Cedar Crest College Performing Arts production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone takes a satirical look at the strong attachment many people have with their cell phones. In real life, however, this dependency is no laughing matter—especially for those who text while driving.

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To drive this point home, the performing arts department is hosting the first-ever Dead Cell Phone Day on campus on Thursday, Nov. 4—to coincide with the opening of the play. Students and members of the community-at-large can experience for themselves the dangers of distracted driving by “taking a ride” in a cell phone driving simulator from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Tompkins College Center. The simulator comes to campus courtesy of the Lehigh Carbon Community College Public Safety Leadership Center.

 The performing arts department will also ask members of the campus community to turn in their cell phones from Wednesday, Nov. 3, until after the opening night performance of Dead Man’s Cell Phone the next day. Dead Man’s Cell Phone runs at Cedar Crest from Nov. 4-7.

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a comedy, but it brings up the important issue of how many people have become slaves to our cell phones and other technology—to the point of jeopardizing the well-being of all of us who are on the road,” said Kevin Gallagher, assistant professor of performing arts at Cedar Crest College. “We hope Dead Cell Phone Day at Cedar Crest College will bring perspective to the issue, and serve as a reminder that driving while using a cell phone is a dangerous thing to do.”

For more information on Dead Cell Phone Day at Cedar Crest College contact Erin Cassano, performing arts program coordinator, at 610-606-4666 ext. 3666.


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