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Mar 4, 2011

Another takes up the anti-texting while driving campaign

On Thursday we reported on the concern of one citizen, John Brackett, on the use of cell phones while driving.  Brackett took his protest against texting near Holy Redeemer Primary where his children go to school during the busiest time of the day in terms of traffic – the lunch hour. It is known that texting while driving has caused accidents and today another individual has taken up the campaign, but his approach is a little different.  James Arnold is known to some as a musician and promoter.  Now he is alerting drivers of the dangers of texting and driving.  And he is putting that message out to them where they can see it.

James Arnold, Singer/Promoter

“Texting and driving is definitely a no-no and now I’m promoting that, you can text but not while you’re driving so Mister Brackett had brought up that and I was working on this same project now from January and now just got it endorsed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications and NEMO.  So all these billboard signs will be placed – four billboard signs will be placed in each town, one going out of the town and one coming into the town on either side, so it’s thirty throughout the country.  It’s six by eight and there are spaces below for business who would like to support this worthy cause.  So far we have gotten six for sure and we have had interest from B.N.E. in support of ten or so of those signs as well.”

Marion Ali

James Arnold

“Everybody knows that it’s an important message that you’re sending.  It’s the same message that we tell everybody – having unprotected sex is dangerous, but people still do it.  You get an important text, you get an urgent message and you must respond while driving.  Do you think the driving public will take heed to your message?”

James Arnold

“I believe so because the more they see it it’s going to sink into their minds.  It’s going to be more of a subliminary message.  It’s going to be a caution for drivers to actually think back that they do have loved ones who care for them.  And if you do get a text message and you’d like to read it just pull over and read it and then continue from there.”

Arnold will begin putting up the banners as of Monday.

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9 Responses for “Another takes up the anti-texting while driving campaign”

  1. Earl Grey says:



  2. ED says:

    Wow, didn’t know they do that in Belize too. Our little country has grown up…..then again I am happy to read the news and didn’t see anyone being shot today.

  3. Rizzo says:

    What is Tex? Is that like Tex mix? Spell the damn word correctly. That why our people of Belize is illiterate.

  4. Rizzo says:

    Ohh and how will someone know you are driving for them not to “Tex” you? How about no texting while driving. Wow! Our uneducated ministers that approve this message.

  5. guess what says:

    Rizzo, I think you’re reading the sign wrong. It’s first person referring to second person to not test while (second person) is driving. And even though english is the primary language a lot of Belizeans write the way they talk, which is in creole. quit bit@hin and be glad someone is spending money to put up the signs, thanks.

  6. Elgin Martinez says:

    Rizzo: You on this forum acting like you’re perfect guess what you need to check your grammar family.What do you mean by” that why our people of Belize is illiterate?”

  7. Janet says:

    Rizzo: The sign is clear to understand – if you do not understand clearly it is saying, Do not text me while YOU are driving. It is not saying do not text me when I am driving. It does not make a difference if I am driving because I do not need to respond. We all have families and we all want to get home safely. If you need to make a call or text someone urgently it is not difficult to pull off the road and do so. Our lives are worth more than a text message. I fully support none texting while driving.

  8. Earl Grey says:


    That should make them stop.


    Elgin, a forum is a discussion area on a website. Website members can post discussions and read and respond to posts by other forum members. This is not a forum, it is maintain by a single person who does not allow its virtual community or members to make posts and start new topics.
    But, this is beside the point here, (we all make mistakes).

    Although cell-texting or what we call SMS here rarely causes deaths or car accidents in Belize, I’m satisfied that some in Belize are trying to make a difference instead of sitting back and complaining that the GOB is doing nothing for the country.
    The message on the board is clear, it is positive and this is change.

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