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The Dangers of Texting and Driving

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Did you know that Memorial Day kicks off what's known as 100 deadliest days for teen drivers? From Memorial Day through Labor Day in 2012, nearly 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers, and more than 550 of those killed were teens, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With an estimated 36.1 million people hitting the highway for family vacations, road trips and camping adventures, it is even more important to keep two hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road.

According to a poll sponsored by AT&T, nearly half of commuters self-reported texting while driving, with more than 40 percent of them admitting it to be a “habit.” Because of these shocking statistics, the CDC has reported that each day in the United States, an astonishing nine people are killed and more than 1,153 are injured in accidents involving distracted driving.

Before heading out for the holiday, AT&T would like to encourage Islanders to utilize their social tool, #X, to notify others that they are behind the wheel. Drivers can simply enter “#X” to end text, email and social conversations before starting any vehicle. Or, they can download the AT&T DriveMode app to curb their texting temptations and ensure a safe arrival. Just like putting on the seatbelt and cranking up the tunes, commuters should make safe driving a habit too.

For more information and to take the pledge to never text and drive, click here.

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