TxDOT unleashed anti-texting campaign

June 30, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

Distracted driving-related crashes in Texas are highest among young people ages 16 to 24, followed by adults older than 44.

To combat this trend, the Texas Department of Transportation launched its summer traveling campaign "Talk, Text, Crash."

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety researchers say drivers who use a cellphone are four times more likely to get into a crash serious enough to cause injury, according to the release.

In Texas last year, 505 people were killed and 19,981 were seriously injured in distracted-driving crashes.

The campaign's goal is to educate motorists about the dangers of distracted driving.

Here are some tips:• Put the phone away - or turn it off - before getting behind the wheel.

• Pull off the road entirely before texting or talking on the phone.

• Tell friends and coworkers you will not respond to calls or texts while driving.

• Use a smartphone app that sends auto-reply texts when you are behind the wheel.

Go to VictoriaAdvocate.com to watch the campaign launch video. Click here to view it.



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