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Did you know that over 5,000 people die each year from distracted driving in the United States alone?

Did you also know that studies show that texting while driving impairs a driver in the same manner as being legally intoxicated?

That's why NBC 2, WAWV, and mywabashvalley.com are teaming up to bring you NO TEXT Wabash Valley. It's a program meant to do one thing: get all drivers in the Wabash Valley to pledge to never text while driving.

Help us put the brakes on texting and driving. Sign the pledge below, and then follow through on your word. We're all counting on you.
While all distracted driving activities a driver may engage in are dangerous, experts comment that texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction. Not only is texting or reading messages while driving dangerous, in Indiana as well as many other states, it is against the law.

Texting While Driving -- Effective July 1, 2011: It is unlawful to type, transmit, or read e-mail or text messages on a communication device while driving in Indiana. Violators may potentially face fines of up to $500. For more information about texting while driving or distracted driving, please visit DISTRACTION.GOV.

Employers must send a clear message to all employees--it is unacceptable to read or respond to text and e-mail messages while driving. To promote worker safety and health, a model cell phone usage policy has been developed for employers to customize to fit their needs.

Think you can safely drive and text at the same time? Try this online distracted driving simulator.

As part of being a responsible driver in West Central Indiana and East Central Illinois, I agree to only use my phone for texting while I'm not in the driver's seat of a vehicle.

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