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Emojis may save lives in South Carolina

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South Carolina Highway troopers don’t want you to use your cell phone while you’re out on the road, but one trooper is using social media to send a safety message.

He's a trooper on a mission to reduce fatal wrecks on South Carolina highways, but he’s taking a different approach, using social media in a more laid back way.

“I want to be able to talk to you, like we’re sitting at a baseball game eating a hotdog and we’re talking about highway safety,” Trooper Bob, of South Carolina Highway Patrol, explains.

His solution? Emojis in safety messages. They’re pictures that speak a universal language. With nearly 8,000 followers on Twitter, Trooper Bob has made an impact online, but it’s all part of a bigger plan.
“Whatever it takes to get the message across to save lives on our roadways," he said.
But who is “Trooper Bob?” behind the Twitter account?

“Trooper Bob is guy born in a refugee camp in Austria, grew up in a refugee camp for two years before coming to the United States with my parents and $500. I joined the Navy after high school, brought me to Charleston, and have worked for highway patrol for nearly 23 year. I feel like my sole purpose in life is to help people," he said.

Now, his emoji messages may be seen by anyone in South Carolina just by driving down the road.

One hundred and seventy billboards across South Carolina will have this message: beer plus car equals police car (in emojis).

You’ll also see the messages wrapped on ice boxes and even high school sports tickets across the state. Trooper Bob isn’t going to stop anytime soon.

“No one wants to lose a life or a loved one. So if that message is going to keep you alive or you might talk about it with your coworkers and it’s going to keep someone alive, let’s keep doing it,” Trooper Bob said. 

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