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What Will You Do To Save A Life?

Six thousand people are killed each year in distracted driver accidents. What is the most common cause of distraction in these fatal crashes? Cell phones. Texting drivers. Web-surfing and emailing drivers.

According to the CEO of AT&T, someone is killed or injured every five minutes in a distracted driving crash involving a texting driver.

You can stop this. You can save a life. All you have to do is put down your phone while you're behind the wheel. Focus on driving. Focus on keeping yourself, your passengers and those you share the road with safe, with one less distracted driver out there. Focus on a Text Free Texas.

But, the question is, what will you do to save a life? Will you put down your phone while you are driving? Join the conversation on Facebook or Google+ #txtfreetx.

2015 Text Free Texas Scholarship Program Offered At Three High Schools

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During April of 2015, students of driving age at the following area high schools may enter the contest:
  • Westside High School
  • Carnegie Vanguard High School
  • Hope Academy Charter

The three students, one at each high school, who best explain why they will not text and drive will receive the 2015 award, a $350 scholarship.

2014 Text Free Texas Scholarship Contest Winners

The 2014 winners of the Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend scholarship were:

  • Ortwin - Waltrip High School
  • Tyler - El Campo High School
  • Bryce - Eastwood Academy High School
  • Yaneli - Lee High School

To be eligible for the scholarship contest, students had to be in grades 10-12 at one of the above schools, and tell us why they pledged not to text and drive on our Facebook or Google+ pages during the month of April.

Thank you to all students who participate in the Text Free Texas Scholarship Contest. We hope you remain text free while driving to help make the roads a safer place.

Did You Know?

In Texas, it's against the law for drivers under 18 to use a cell phone - including texting - while driving.

Drunk driving accidents throughout Texas and the rest of the United States are declining annually, but the number of distracted driving accidents continues to increase:

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 25 percent of all motor vehicle accidents each year involved a distracted driver. That's about 1.6 million crashes per year. Texting is the most common cause of driver distraction.
  • In 2011, there were less than 10,000 drunk driving crashes.

You are 23 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident if you are texting while driving.

The average text takes 5 seconds to type and send. That's enough time to travel the distance from endzone to endzone of a football field. However, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) estimates that adding in browsing and dialing takes a driver's eyes off the road for 23 seconds. That's the equivalent of driving the distance of more than four football fields with your eyes closed.

Not convinced that texting while driving is dangerous? Check out the It Can Wait Campaign's texting-while-driving simulator.

Stop The Distraction. Stop The Temptation To Be Distracted.

The easiest way to ensure you don't text while driving? Turn your phone off when you turn your car on. Here are some other options:

  • Put your phone on silent. Don't worry about what you don't know about.
  • Put your phone out of sight. In your bookbag, purse or anywhere you can't see it. Don't let yourself get distracted by the lights, sounds or alerts of an incoming text or call.
  • Designate a texter. We've all heard of designated drivers. It works for texters too. Let your passenger read and respond to texts while you're driving.

What do you do to ensure that you focus on safe driving? Tell us how you are part of the Text Free Texas solution. Facebook or Google+ #txtfreetx.

Afraid You'll Miss Something Important?

There are apps available to autorespond to texts and calls that will let your friends, family and whomever is trying to reach you know that you can't talk right now. These providers have built apps for their wireless customers to promote safe driving and safe texting:

There are several other apps available. Run a quick search in your device's app store for texting while driving to learn more about your options.

Still Afraid You'll Miss Something Important?

What about the homecoming football game? Your senior prom? Graduation? The text can wait.

One tenth of fatal accidents that occur in the United States happen right here in Texas. Of those fatal accidents, 16 percent are caused by distracted drivers. Be part of the solution. Save a life. Save your life. Don't text and drive.

Make A Commitment To A Text Free Texas. Save Lives And Take The No-Texting Pledge.