Stop the Texts Campaign Encourages Drivers to Stow Cell Phones

"Texting while driving isn’t multi-tasking, it’s essentially driving blind," campaign literature warns.

Teens who fess up to texting while driving apparently are guilty of committing the dangerous practice on a nearly daily basis.

According to the Ad Council, the State Attorneys General and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who have joined forces to sponsor the Stop the Texts campaign, "23 is the average number of texts per month that teens who text and drive admit to sending."

To underscore how deadly texting while driving is, WUSA 9 reports, "Did you know distracted driving is the number one killer of American teens? In 2009, nearly 500,000 people were injured and over 5,000 were killed, due to various forms of distracted driving, including texting while driving."

Stop the Texts is marked on May 1. To participate, post "Stop the Texts" on your Facebook wall or tweet "Stop the Texts" on Twitter. Pictures and infographics are available to share via social media on the Stop the Texts website.


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