Shelton urges residents to refrain from texting while driving

Mayor Mark Lauretti
Mayor Mark Lauretti

Mayor Mark A. Lauretti has issued a proclamation designating Thursday, Sept. 19 as No Texting While Driving Day and called for Shelton residents to take the pledge never to text and drive.

“Text messaging has become the way many people communicate today, which means some people are doing it at the worst possible time — while driving,” Lauretti said. “We need to help spread the message and educate our community that when it comes to driving, texting can and should wait.”

According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in some type of safety critical event as compared to those drivers who don’t text while they drive. Texting while driving is involved in more than 100,000 motor vehicles crashes each year, often causing injuries and deaths.

'It Can Wait’ campaign

Wireless provider AT&T launched the “It Can Wait” campaign in Connecticut and throughout the United States in 2009 to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving by encouraging consumers to take the personal pledge not to text while driving.

Shelton city officials and AT&T representatives are asking all drivers to go to to take the no-texting-and-driving pledge, and then share their promise with others via Twitter and Facebook.

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