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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - WHNT News 19 is Taking Action against a killer in our community.  All this month, we'll be showing you special content highlighting the dangers of distracted driving.

The goal is to change drivers' attitudes and save lives.  It's a goal that's shared by one group of young professionals in the Tennessee Valley.

"I saw it on the way over here today. You know, there was somebody swerving over into my lane and it was just, and you look over and you see the guy, he's looking straight down and he's not even looking at the road. It's dangerous to just even get on the road anymore," said Joey Yearta of Leadership Connect Class 18.

Of course, staying home and completely unplugging isn't an option, especially when you're a young professional trying to build a career.   But it is possible to cut the distraction. That's what Joey Yearta and Lauren Badders are encouraging everyone to do.

They're part of the group behind It Can Wait - Huntsville/Madison County, which is using presentations and social media to spread the message that distracted driving kills.

"I think growing up with it, we think that we're good at it and that we can get away with it and it's not going to make a difference, but in reality you really do, you just get so focused on whatever it is you're doing on your phone that you forget that you're driving," said Lauren Badders, another member of Leadership Connect Class 18.

But as these young professionals have come to understand, whatever the distraction, it can wait.  It can always wait.

We know social media can be a powerful tool to spread a message. That's why we hope you'll consider sharing these images online.  Please post them to encourage your loved ones to think about ways to reduce distractions and make the roads safer.

WHNT News 19 is proud to partner with Morris King and Hodge for a prime-time special on distracted driving.  It will air Saturday, February 27 from 7 to 8 p.m.  We'll also have more stories on our newscasts and on WHNT.com throughout the month.

Here's more Distracted Driving coverage on WHNT.com.