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September 17, 2013

Residents encouraged not to text and drive

NORMAN — Four national wireless service providers, spearheading the It Can Wait campaign, are urging people to share their commitment to never text and drive with others on Drive 4 Pledges Day on Thursday.

The Oklahoma AAA has joined the movement to put an end to texting while driving. Oklahomans can text OKPledge to 464329 to join the thousands of others around the country who are pledging never to text while behind the wheel.

“Driver safety is something we take very seriously, and we urge all drivers to consider the cost of lost lives and serious injury and remember that when it comes to texting and driving, It Can Wait. Together, we can make a difference and make Oklahoma a safer place,” said Chuck Mai of Oklahoma AAA.

Individuals can sign up at ItCanWait.com to get resources that will help them share their commitment on social media and personalize the movement on the streets of their communities on key activation days.

Drive 4 Pledges Day will focus on getting individuals involved in taking the pledge to never text and drive while encouraging others in their community to do the same. These individuals will join AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US Inc., Verizon and more than 200 other organizations by sharing their commitment not to text and drive.

A ConnectSafely.org1 survey found that individuals who speak up can have an impact, particularly on teens.

· 78 percent of teen drivers say they’re likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it’s wrong or stupid.

· 90 percent say they’d stop if a friend in the car asked them to.

· 93 percent would stop if a parent in the car asked them to.

· 44 percent say that they would be thankful if a passenger complained about their texting while driving.

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