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September 19, 2013

Textless day

Group aims to create safer roads

Jessica Lane, Staff Writer, jlane@chickashanews.com
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA —

Today, drivers can make a commitment to put down the phone when they take the wheel. 

Four national wireless service providers are encouraging people to pledge to never text and drive on Drive 4 Pledges Day, Sept. 19. 

ItCanWait.com is making an effort to spread the word about the dangers of texting via social media and focusing on getting individuals to take the pledge to never text and drive. People can take the pledge online or through Facebook. 

In addition to not texting and driving themselves, the movement in encouraging teens to speak up when their friends are texting and driving. 

Video reenactments show teens asking other teens to stop texting and driving. 

So how serious is it to send a text while behind the  wheel? According to It Can Wait, over 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting. 

A driving simulator on the website demonstrates how tricky it can be to text while driving. Site visitors can also tell their story about texting while driving and why they are taking the pledge.