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Mayor: Take pledge against texting and driving

11:50 AM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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KUSA - Texting and driving is one the biggest dangers facing motorists today, and the mayor of Denver is teaming up with a corporate sponsor to urge residents to make a lifelong commitment to refrain from the activity.

Mayor Michael Hancock has declared Wednesday "Don't Text and Drive Pledge Day" in Denver. The Colorado Department of Transportation using its electronic highway signs to display the message "it can wait" to urge drivers not to text while behind the wheel.

AT&T is helping with the effort and has posted an online pledge to stop texting and driving. The company is asking people to share their promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook.

AT&T also stopped by 9NEWS 8 a.m. to show off a driving simulator they helped create that illustrates the dangers and distraction associated with texting and driving.

To try the texting and driving simulator, visit www.itcanwaitsimulator.org.

According to the National Safety Council, more than 100,000 times each year, an automobile crashes and people are injured or die while a driver was texting.

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