Blount proclaims Sept. 19 No Text on Board Pledge Day
From Staff Reports
Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell has proclaimed Sept. 19 as “No Text on Board — Pledge Day,” urging drivers to take the pledge to stop texting while driving and then to join with others Sept. 19 to make a lifelong commitment to never do so again.
The pledge effort is part of the AT&T’s public awareness campaign aimed directly at stopping the dangerous practice of texting while driving.
More than 100,000 times each year, an automobile crashes and people are injured or die while a driver was texting and driving, said AT&T Tennessee Regional Director Alan Hill, citing a statistic from the National Safety Counci1.
“Texting while driving is not only a serious issue, it is against the law in Tennessee, but we continue to have terrible accidents here in Blount County and across the state,” said state Sen. Doug Overbey. “The No Text on Board Pledge Day is a great way to raise awareness of this dangerous practice and for all of us to commit not to text and drive.”
AT&T, its employees and other supporters are calling on all drivers to go to http://www.itcanwait.com to take the pledge, and then share their promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook.