‘Don’t text and drive’ campaign aims to make roads safer

State Rep. Jared Solomon and businessman Gary Barbera have teamed to launch a “Don’t Text and Drive” public service awareness campaign.

State Rep. Jared Solomon and businessman Gary Barbera have teamed to launch a “Don’t Text and Drive” public service awareness campaign.

Barbera, a Northeast native, works in marketing and has a business on Roosevelt Boulevard. His Barbera Cares program assists the needy.

“If anyone can get a message out… it’s Gary Barbera,” Solomon said.

Barbera and Solomon support Vison Zero, which is a strategy that Philadelphia has taken on to end texting and driving. This is a plan meant to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and severe injuries, while increasing safety, health and mobility for the people of Philadelphia.

“The length across the Boulevard is the same as a football field,” Barbera said. “Safety begins with awareness; and that’s what our №1 goal is.”

Barbera quoted Teddy Roosevelt, who said, “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”

For more information about the “Don’t Text & Drive” initiative and other ongoing efforts on Roosevelt Boulevard, go to GaryBarberaCares.org ••