Friday, November 12, 2010
Don't Text and Drive Pledge
Texting and driving is a dangerous combination and a major distraction to drivers that can lead to traffic accidents. Nationally, there is heightened concern about the risks of texting while operating a vehicle because it involves three different types of driving distractions.
1. Visual - taking your eyes off the road
2. Manual - taking your hands off the steering wheel
3. Cognitive - taking your mind off the road and the surrounding conditions
Research by the National Safety Council shows that 28% of crashes nationally, that is at least 1.6 million, are caused by drivers using cell phones and texting. These statistics are compelling legislatures to change laws effecting cell phone use while driving. Currently 19 states have cell phone laws banning texting and 8 states have laws that ban cell phone use completely while operating a vehicle.
Texas currently has laws that prevent new teenage drivers from using cell phones for the first year of driving. Our state also has laws that forbid cell phone use by drivers in school zones and laws that prevent bus drivers with children on board from using cell phones while operating a vehicle.
Please join the Bryan Police Department, the College Station Police Department, and Candy 95 in taking a "Safe Text Pledge."
Taking the pledge is that simple, but committing to the pledge is the challenge. The purpose of the pledge is to raise awareness to the dangers of texting and driving. The pledge states the following:
"Texting from behind the wheel makes me a distracted driver and puts myself and other drivers at risk. I promise to do my best, at all times, to keep my eyes on the road, my hands on the wheel, and my mind on driving. I promise to NOT text while driving."
All area law enforcement ask you to spread the word to friends and family and pledge to not text and drive.
The safety of our community does not have borders. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens that we serve. Be the eyes and ears of your police department. When you see suspicious activity contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600, the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979-845-2345, or the Bryan Police Department and the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office at 979-361-3888. Together we can make a difference in our community.
Additional Information on Texting:
Cell Phone Laws in the United States:
BPD You Tube Video About Texting and Driving:
Candy 95 website – Safe Text Pledge:
Department of Transportation website:
Officer Jon Agnew
Public Information Officer
Bryan Police Department
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