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X the Text with a Thumbprint: Teens Urged to Take Pledge Not to Text and Drive

Posted by  //  May 17, 2011  //  Local Business

It’s a deadly epidemic that touches nearly 5,000 teens and their families each year; it is also the number one killer of American teens – car crashes.[1] And the primary cause of fatal teen crashes – driver error. Unfortunately, it can be easy to forget the dangers of texting and driving when behind the wheel; however, texting is one of the most dangerous distractions facing teens today.

A recent Allstate Foundation study revealed that 82 percent of driving teens claim to use cell phones while driving, and 49 percent admit to being extremely distracted by texting and instant messaging while driving. Recent research conducted by Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute reveals that texting while driving can increase the risk of an accident by 23 times.

The holiday season is one of the deadliest times of the year for teen drivers, and as we enter the holiday season, we must do whatever we can to avert the tragedy of losing another child.

I urge teens and parents to take personal action. Consider taking Allstate’s ‘X the TXT’ pledge. Parents and teens can add their thumbprints to a family brochure as a public pledge not to text and drive. The peace of mind that comes from taking the pledge is the best gift anyone could give their loved ones. It helps to ensure teens return home safely for the holidays and every day.

Teens can make a virtual pledge and learn more about the tour stops and the rest of the campaign at http://www.facebook.com/thumbsuppledge. Teen driving resources and detailed research are available at www.Allstate.com/teen.

Call Shirley Eizember , Exclusive Allstate Agent, 41 Port Watson, Cortland NY 13045  Phone 607-756-8505

[1] Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) available at http://www.iihs.org/research/topics/teenagers.html

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