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C Spire Wireless kicks off 2013 season of Stay Alive: Don’t Text and Drive workshops to encourage students, teachers and parents to avoid dangers of distracted driving

In Partnership with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the C Spire “Stay Alive: Don’t Text and Drive” Education Workshop Series Continues its Mission to Engage Teachers, Students and Parents to Reduce Problem

Ridgeland, Miss., (March 1, 2013) – C Spire Wireless, the nation's only wireless provider that offers consumers a suite of personalized services, announced the kick-off today of the 2013 season of its “Stay Alive: Don’t Text and Drive” educational program.

Now in its sixth year, “Stay Alive: Don’t Text and Drive” features comprehensive in-school workshops presented by C Spire and the Mississippi Highway Patrol where teachers, students, school administrators and parents can learn more about the dangers of texting while driving and gather the necessary tools to prevent it in their communities. More than 33,000 individuals have participated in 50 workshops during the first five years of the program.

“Unfortunately, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, some states in the Southeast have among the highest rates of teenage driving fatalities in the nation. With Stay Alive: Don’t Text and Drive, C Spire hopes to change that statistic by being a leader in the fight against texting and driving,” said Jim Richmond, vice president of Corporate Communications for C Spire. “As a wireless provider, we want to make sure our customers are using our service and devices responsibly. Educating consumers early on in their lives is critical in creating healthy driving habits – free of distractions like texting.”

The 2013 season of “Stay Alive: Don’t Text and Drive” program will kick off today with a workshop at Yazoo County High School. The successful program, which is managed and funded by C Spire in cooperation with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, is a comprehensive educational initiative that directly connects with the entire community in an attempt to stop texting and driving among teens and young drivers.

In addition to local in-school workshops, the Stay Alive program also features a website that provides additional statistics and educational tools so educators and families can go online to learn more about the fight to end texting and driving. The site also hosts an online pledge that drivers can sign to stop texting while driving, as well as the company’s latest public service announcements about the program.

“Texting and driving is a major issue we deal with every day and we are pleased to partner with C Spire in these efforts to make our children aware of its dangers,” said Master Sgt. Johnny Poulos, director of Public Affairs for the Mississippi Highway Patrol. “The Stay Alive: Don’t Text and Drive program helps reinforce a very important driver safety message.”

For more information about C Spire’s Stay Alive: Don’t Text and Drive educational program or to schedule a workshop at your school, visit www.cspire.com/stayalive or send an email message to wirelesssafety@cspire.com.

About C Spire Wireless

C Spire Wireless is a diversified wireless communications company passionately committed to helping customers by personalizing wireless services designed just for them. The company is the first wireless provider in the U.S. to personalize customers’ experience by offering apps that fit who they are, services that anticipate their needs, and rewards for using their phone in new ways – all with seamless ease and at amazingly fast speeds. This news release and other announcements are available at www.cspire.com/news. For more information about C Spire Wireless and its products and services, visit www.cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cspire or Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire or Google + or www.pinterest.com/cspirewireless