X the Text campaign kicks off at Capitol Hill - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/27/10

X the Text campaign kicks off at Capitol Hill

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – If you've already signed KCBD NewsChannel 11's B.U.S.T. pledge to Buckle Up and Stop Texting, what's happening on Capitol Hill should sound very familiar.  American Idol Jordin Sparks joined Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Tuesday, to encourage teens and their parents nationwide to make a pledge to stop texting behind the wheel. In 2008, nearly 6,000 people died in crashes caused by distracted drivers, many of which were texting and talking on cell phones. 

"Once I was sitting in the car, and I reached for my phone, and I swerved and I thought, ok, that's it, I can't do it anymore," said Jordin Sparks, American Idol. 

"When you get in your car, buckle up, and put your cell phone or your blackberry in your glove compartment until you reach your destination," said Ray LaHood, Department of Transportation Secretary.

The national campaign is called the "X the Text" pledge, sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company.  Twenty-three states currently ban texting while driving and LaHood says federal rules may soon be on the way. 

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