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No Text Zone: Distracted Driving Month Update

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:12 PM CDT

Texting has become such a part of our life that we're doing it all the time and everywhere.   That's why TxDOT is using National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to push its "Talk. Text. Crash." campaign.  Cell phone use is the most easily recognized driver distractions, but TxDOT wants drivers to minimize all distractions and focus on the road until they arrive at their destination.  They point out distracted driving is becoming increasingly common and dangerous, causing traffic crashes and fatalities.  Each year, more than 81,000 Texas crashes involve distraction, driver inattention or cell phone use.  In fact, nearly one in four crashes in Texas involves driver distraction. 

AT&T just released the results of its own survey on texting while driving.  The results show 98 percent of adults have gotten the message that texting while driving is wrong, but almost half still do it.  By comparison, 60% swear they never did such a thing three years ago.

And texting while driving is being blamed for the crash of an air ambulance in Missouri in 2011.  The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot was involved in a long texting conversation about dinner plans during pre-flight checks and while flying and missed that he was low on fuel.  Four people including the pilot died in that crash.

Put down the phone and focus!

And if you want to learn more about our "No Text Zone” campaign, go to and look for No Text Zone under hot topics.

No Text Zone: Distracted Driving Month Update

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