Today, April 30, is National No Phone Zone Day, which has been established to help bring an end to using cell phones while driving.
No Phone Zone Day is being championed by none other than Oprah herself, who has taken up the campaign to stop texting while driving. She is not alone in taking up this cause. Groups like FocusDriven and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers are also champions for "no phone zones" in cars.
And, why? It's estimated that nearly 500,000 people are injured and 6,000 are killed each year because drivers are using cell phones - calling, texting, or e-mailing - while driving.
As part of Oprah's No Phone Zone campaign, she is encouraging drivers to sign a pledge about how much of a "no phone zone" their car will be. The pledge options are:
- I will not text while I am driving.
- I will not text while driving and will use only handsfree calling if I need to speak on the phone while I am driving.
- I will not text or use my phone while I am driving. If I need to use my phone, I will pull over to a secure location.
If you’re interested in signing the No Phone Zone pledge or finding out more about distracted driving, below are some links for you.
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