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Governor announces "No Text on Board-Pledge Day"

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By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

Sept. 19 is now known as "No Text on Board-Pledge Day" in Nebraska. The event urges people to stop texting while driving.

It's something Joslyn Soucie learned a couple of years ago, after she crashed her car. She was texting and driving.

"I thought when I was in the car, 'oh, I can text. I mean, it's dangerous, but that'll never happen to me.' I clearly had that mindset 100%," she told Channel 8 Eyewitness News in 2012.

The proclamation signing is part of the national "It Can Wait" movement.

"No text is worth a life and basically if you look at your phone and look at the last text you sent and think, is it worth a life? It's not," AT&T Nebraska Regional Director Beth Canuteson said.

According to the National Safety Council, every year more than 100-thousand texting-related car crashes happen in America.

In 2010, Gov. Heineman signed legislation to make it a secondary offense to text and drive in Nebraska, which means you can't be ticketed for doing it unless you were pulled over for something else.

Since then, AAA said fatalities behind the wheel have increased.

"Driving is probably one of the most dangerous tasks that any of us are going to perform. Get in the vehicle turn on the car and turn off the wireless device," Rose White said.

AT&T said one of the reasons for this increase may be because teens use texting as their main form of communication.

"Teens expect a response from their friends within three minutes and so therefore they're expecting that response while they're driving," Canuteson said.

 AT&T and AAA encourage people of all ages to get involved with "No Text on Board-Pledge Day" Sept. 19. Visit www.att.com/txtngcanwait for information.

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