The Henry County Board of
Commissioners joined counties and cities across the nation in
proclaiming Wednesday, September 19, 2012 as No Text on Board
Day in Henry County, during which time all citizens are
encouraged to take a pledge never to text while driving. The
action came at their regular meeting on September 17.
In 2010, the State of
Georgia joined many other states in passing a law prohibiting
texting while driving, and making it illegal for teens to use
their phones at all while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
However, despite these new laws being passed, and studies that
show that 97 percent of respondents know the dangers of texting
while driving, people continue to text while driving.
In fact, nationwide
statistics show that texting drivers are 23 times more likely to
be involved in an accident, and in 2010, 3092 people were killed
in crashes and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in
motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. Henry
County also sees numerous accidents that are related to
distracted driving caused by such actions as texting.
The purpose of the
proclamation is to continue to educate citizens about the
dangers of texting while driving and to share the simple, yet
vital message that no text is so urgent that it is worth
diverting attention from the road and risking lives in the
process. It Can Wait.
During the presentation,
Commission meeting attendees viewed an excerpt of a documentary
about the dangers of texting while driving. The video can be
viewed in its entirety on Henry TV14 for Charter customers and
may log on to
www.distraction.gov to take the pledge. Together, we can
all have a part in making sure that no more lives are lost.