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Texting while driving makes a crash 23 times more likely

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As people hit the road to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is asking people to stay safe. Distracted driving can lead to accidents that would easily ruin the holiday weekend. Texting and driving is by far the most alarming distraction. Text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.  Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. That means when you're going 55 mph and look at a text, you blindly drive the equivalent of an entire football field.

There are some apps that can make driving safer by reading your texts out loud. There are independent apps that you can put on any phone at www.freesafetext.com. AT&T, Sprint and other providers have apps that are either free or a nominal fee.

You can take the pledge to not text and drive at AT&T's It Can Wait website at http://itcanwait.com

For more information, visit www.distraction.gov

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