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Nevadans urged to take 'no texting and driving' pledge

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is urging drivers in the state to take a pledge to not to text and drive.

The governor said Wednesday's "No Text on Board Pledge Day" in Nevada was proclaimed with safety in mind for drivers of all ages and pedestrians, as well.

"No text message is so urgent that it is worth diverting attention from the road and risking lives in the process," said Sandoval. "It's not just unsafe, it's the law."

Sandoval said Nevada residents can take that pledge through AT&T's national pledge day website.

AT&T, in particular, has spearheaded a social media and television campaign to display the dangers of texting and driving.

In addition, the National Safety Council reported more than 100,000 instances happen yearly in which texting and driving was involved in a vehicle crash.

"When we think about ourselves and our families, zero fatalities is the only goal every time we drive," Meg Ragonese, Nevada Dept. of Transportation Public Information Officer, said about the state's own campaign against auto fatalities. "Putting the phone and other distractions away every time we're behind the wheel is one important way to make sure we always get where we're going safely."

In driving the point of texting and driving dangers, especially with teens, AT&T surveyed younger drivers. In the survey, 97 percent of teens say they know that texting while driving is dangerous.

However, about three-quarters of teens surveyed said texting while driving is "common" among their friends, the telecommunications company said.

More than 75 percent of teens surveyed also said they see their parents text while driving.

For more information on the national texting and driving campaign, you can visit itcanwait.com.

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