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Cell phones have come a long way since they first came on the market. Gone are the days where they were simply “mobile phones.” Today, these devices provide a number of services that simplify and enhance our lives in ways previously unimaginable. With these new capabilities come new responsibilities. 

In recent years, there has been a spike in the number of car crash-related injuries and fatalities specifically caused by texting while driving. In fact, wireless users who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. 

The cold truth is texting-related accidents are preventable. By taking control of when and where we text, wireless users can help reduce the number of tragic accidents that result from texting while driving. 

The state of Tennessee has taken measures to help in the fight against texting and driving.  Considering that a recent statistic showed teens send five times more text messages than any other age group, these laws are intended to considerably reduce the number of texting-related car accidents. 

While these laws can work to make the roads a safer place to be, as responsible citizens we need to take the extra step and raise awareness to ensure that everyone arrives to their destination safely. 

On September 19, AT&T held its national “No Text on Board Pledge Day.” On this day, people vowed to never text and drive again. The goal of this initiative is two-fold: to encourage people to make a commitment to keep themselves and others on the road safe, and to spread awareness of the dangers of texting while driving. 

The next time you get behind the wheel, keep in mind that it’s up to you to be responsible and put your phone down – no text is worth dying for.  For more safety tips, please visit www.itcanwait.com – and join the no-texting-while-driving movement #ItCanWait.    
 
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