Take a Pledge Not to Text While Driving

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s campaign against distracted driving includes a video series, “Faces of Distracted Driving.” The most recent video is a reminder why texting while driving has been banned in 38 states. In light of this and other tragic injuries and deaths caused by texting while driving, I am calling on drivers to take a No Texting Pledge.

A 2-year-old girl and her mother were walking home from her favorite park, just a block and a half from her home.  As they began to cross the road at an intersection, walking hand-in-hand, a young driver texting on her cell phone struck the child and her mother with her car. The little one died in the accident and her mother was critically injured.

The child’s grandfather, featured in the video, has this to say about texting while driving:

“Paying attention to a text message in the car and not paying attention to what’s going on out in front of you can cause you to kill somebody. My greatest hope is that anyone who hears our story will commit to not using a cell phone behind the wheel.  It could save a life.”

The laws banning texting while driving are a critical step, but tragic deaths demand more.  I am calling on drivers to take a no-texting pledge. Parents of teenagers may also want to read my post on preventing distracted driving.

Eric Hageman is a national accident attorney and father of five children. To contact Eric, call 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or submit our free consultation form.

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