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Houston's anti-texting campaign gaining steam

The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day may just be summer vacation for most teens. However, it can also be considered the most dangerous time for young drivers in Houston. Summer time is when the most accidents involving teen drivers occur.

There are a number of reasons behind this trend. More teenagers on Houston streets and highways; perhaps because they are working longer hours (since they are not in school) or they are hanging out with friends because they have more time away from school. Sadly, the risky behavior that teens exhibit is a major contributor.

Teen car accidents often involve excessive speed, where sudden turns or lack of judgment can lead to accidents. Also, distracted driving has become a constant problem, with more than 1 million accidents across the U.S. caused by texting while driving. 

Law enforcement agencies in Houston, local government agencies and major corporate entities are joining forces to the  It Can Wait initiative, where people pledge to put down their cell phones and refrain from texting (or reading texts) while behind the wheel. In fact, the Houston Astrons, Dynamo and Texans have agreed to air the public safety annoucements that advertise the initiative so that it reaches a broader audience.

Even with constant reminders about the dangers of texting while driving, some will inevitably continue such a bad habit. They often hold true to the myth that has befallen many a driver: "It won't happen to me." However, it does, albeit unexpectedly, and offending drivers will have to be held accountable. 

Source: YourHoustonNews.com, Texting and driving:It can wait Houston, June 6, 2013

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