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Monday, April 30, 2012

W82TXT ~ 4 Young 'n' Old

What is W82TXT?

W82TXT (Wait to Text) - W82TXT is a community awareness campaign, to encourage drivers not to text while behind the wheel.

Texting while driving is the most dangerous form of distracted driving. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says drivers who text, are six times more likely to cause an accident than intoxicated drivers. This scary statistic is perhaps because when texting, the driver’s steering capability goes down 91%.

The W82TXT thumb bands are being distributed and worn as a reminder of the W82TXT message.

Last week, my blog friend, Ginger Knox, of Savannah Granny blog, was interviewed by local media.  She talked about how texting while driving has affected her family twice!  Click on the link below to see the video.
Subway campaign urges students to W8 2 TXT

We all need to do our part to get this message out there!  Forty states have laws against driving while texting.  My state, Arizona, is one that does not.  I see people of all ages talking and texting with their phones while driving!  One thing I am certain of...I don't want to be anywhere near those drivers!

Please help spread the word, become an activist, get on your soapbox...whatever you need to do. 
There's nothing that you have to text that's more important than your life.  Will you take the pledge? 

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  1. I read Ginger's post the other day. It is SOOO awful that this thing has taken so many lives. There is a law against it in my state and I see people doing it all the time. It just drives me nuts. xo Diana

    1. Diana - Ginger is the perfect spokesperson for this campaign! My new car has phone controls on the steering wheel for hands (?) free talking, but I doubt I will use it much. It is still distracting for those few seconds it takes to push the buttons to answer!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

  2. This is so terrible and I will take the pledge! We have an no cell phone while driving law here, but who do you think I saw violating it? A police officer in a police car. Sigh.

    1. Galen - Wow - that's bold! I see officers speeding all the time, too. Tsk! I just want to reach out and grab those phones away from the ears of drivers who are talking or texting! I have decided to say a quick prayer each time I see one...might be more effective!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

  3. Pat, Thank you sooooo much for helping out the cause. We can never have too many ambassadors. Please everyone join in and spread the work like Pat suggests. This practice is DEADLY!


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