Abbie DeLoach Foundation Launches #handsfreeforabbie Campaign with Goal of Gaining Over 100,000 Pledges

Staff Report

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Abbie DeLoach Foundation (ADF) encourages businesses, community partners and local students to join their #handsfreeforabbie campaign by visiting their website and taking the pledge. Abbie was one of 5 Georgia Southern Nursing Students who lost their lives in 2015 due to a distracted driver.  

The hashtag #handsfreeforabbie started in the Savannah and Statesboro area by Abbie’s family, friends and sorority sisters when the July 1, 2018 legislation was signed into law.  And it quickly went viral.  As our communities reopen and spring and summer travel plans ensue, ADF wants to remind everyone the importance of distracted free driving.  ADF will work to raise awareness to encourage drivers to commit to end distracted driving. ADF plans to help reduce distracted driving by sharing #handsfreeforabbie images and messaging on social media and encouraging drivers to make a commitment to drive phone-free by taking a pledge.

How you can help! The fight to end distracted driving starts with you.

  • Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

  • Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted.

  • Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.

3 Easy Steps to Partner

1. Provide your organization’s logo, so we can publicly share your #handsfreeforabbie efforts on our website.

2. Visit our website and download social media images and messages you can share to your personal and business social media channels and/or internal newsletter communications to employees throughout the month of April 2021.

3. Share the pledge and encourage your employees to make a commitment by signing a pledge sheet we have provided or on our website. 

Social media images, pledge and sign-up sheet for employees are available for download here: