City Leaders Back Campaign To End Texting While Driving

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(Memphis) Texting while driving, tweeting while driving, even Face-booking while driving, all are extremely dangerous.

Now the City of Memphis wants to do something about it.

“Texting while driving, it can wait,” said AT&T representative, Chuck Thomas in a Wednesday press conference.

“It Can Wait” is the campaign city leaders are getting behind.

“This is a very significant issue,” said John Moore with the Greater Memphis Chamber. “We see it happening all the time. In fact, my family has been a victim of texting while driving.”

Studies show people texting while driving are 23 times more likely to get in an accident.

“It’s a huge problem, especially with today’s teenagers,” Abby Pierce.

 She says she chooses to wait to text or if it’s important, she’ll pull over.

“I used to but I don’t anymore. I’ve lost a lot of friends because of it. I’ve lost two friends in the past two years to car accidents,” she said.

Pierce teaches dance to teenage girls. She says this campaign is a message young drivers and their parents need to hear.

“It is our responsibility as adults to teach young teenagers to put the phone down and pay attention to the road,” she said. “If it’s not important and I mean direly important, don’t even pick up the phone to talk to somebody.”

Remember, texting while driving is against the law in Tennessee.

To join the online pledge to stop, click here.