“It Can Wait”: Students take the pledge to stop texting while driving

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – This is a day for anyone who drives to take a pledge to protect themselves, and others, by not doing something that puts everyone in danger:  texting while driving.

Organizers of the “It Can Wait” campaign will lead an assembly at James Clemens High School in Madison at 10:00 a.m. Friday.

“It Can Wait” is a national movement tapping into the power of social media and personal networks to make texting and driving as unacceptable as drinking and driving.

Experts have held assemblies in the past to share some sobering statistics about texting while driving.

At James Clemens High, students and administrators will be joined by local elected officials to hear the latest research data on the hazards of texting while driving.

They’ll also learn some specific tips on how to fight the urge, and be shown a short documentary on lives irreversibly changed by the behavior.

According to the website behind “It Can Wait,” more than 5 million people have taken the pledge to not text while driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2010 driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes and blamed for the deaths of 3,092 people nationwide.

In addition, 416,000 people were wounded in crashes resulting from such distraction.