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Commissioners proclaim September 19 as No Text on Board Day

 

  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 on www.henrycounty-ga.org.

  Citizens 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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