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No Texting While Driving Day

Published 09/11/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 09/10/2013 03:27 PM
Press release from Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl P. Fortuna, Jr.

First Selectman Carl P. Fortuna, Jr., has issued a proclamation designating Thursday, Sept. 19 as "No Texting While Driving Day" and calls for Old Saybrook residents to take the pledge never to text and drive.

"Text messaging has become the way many people communicate today, which means some people are doing it at the worst possible time-while driving," stated Fortuna. "We need to help spread the message and educate our community that when it comes to driving, texting can and should wait."

According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in some type of safety-critical event as compared to those drivers who don't text while they drive. Texting while driving is involved in more than 100,000 motor vehicles crashes each year, often causing injuries and deaths.

Wireless provider AT&T launched the "It Can Wait" campaign in Connecticut and throughout the United States in 2009 to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving by encouraging consumers to take the personal pledge not to text while driving.

Fortuna and AT&T are calling on all drivers to go to www.itcanwait.com to take the no-texting-and-driving pledge, and then share their promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook. For additional information and resources, visit
www.att.com/itcanwait.

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