AT&T 'Don't Text and Drive Campaign' Pledged by Eureka Leaders
Drivers are specifically asked to pledge to not simultaneously text and drive for 'No Text on Board Pledge Day.' Leave a local pledge and encouragement to others in the comments' section of this article. See how many texts per day teenagers average.
Sept. 19 is the inaugural No Text on Board Pledge Day.
Eureka Police Department officers and city leaders joined efforts with AT&T for the "It Can Wait" campaign, urging drivers to pledge against texting and driving at the same time.
A survey conducted by AT&T shows 75 percent of teens polled say texting and driving is "common" among their peers.
The National Safety Council reports more than 100,000 accidents occur each year involving texting and driving.
Eureka Mayor Kevin Coffey and board of aldermen at the Sept. 4 board meeting declared the following proclamation:
WHEREAS, Missouri holds the health and safety of its young adults as a chief concern; and
WHEREAS, text messaging is the main mode of communication for most American teenagers with half of all teens sending between 21 and 70 texts a day; and
WHEREAS, 90 percent of American teenagers expect a reply to a text message within 5 minutes; and
WHEREAS, texting takes one's eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds; and
WHEREAS, in a national survey, 43 percent of American teenage drivers admitted to texting while driving even though 97 percent knew it was dangerous; and
WHEREAS, a recent university study showed those who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to crash; and
WHEREAS, a driver that sends a text message while driving not only jeopardizes his or her safety, but also the safety of passengers pedestrians and other drivers.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, KEVIN COFFEY, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF EUREKA, MISSOURI, do hereby call upon all young adults in the City of Eureka in supporting the "No Text on Board - Pledge Day" on September 19, 2012.
FURTHER, LET IT BE RESOLVED THAT, I, KEVIN COFFEY, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF EUREKA, MISSOURI do hereby proclaim Wednesday, September 19, 2012 as
NO TEXT ON BOARD - PLEDGE DAY
and encourage residents to stand together to promote awareness of texting while driving in an effort to keep roadways safer.