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Wash. Co. officials join campaign against texting, driving

September 12th, 2013 10:25 am by Becky Campbell

Wash. Co. officials join campaign against texting, driving

County officials have a resolution to go along with AT&T’s No Texting While Driving initiative. L/R Allen Hill (wth AT&T), Mayor Dan Eldridge, Sheriff Ed Graybeal, and Micah Van Huss. Tony Duncan/Johnson City Press

Washington County officials have signed on to a campaign against texting and driving in an effort to educate drivers and eliminate the dangerous behavior.

“The message we want all drivers to hear is ‘No text is worth dying for,’ ” said Mayor Dan Eldridge. “With this resolution and other efforts, leaders across our county will be working to get wireless users to take the pledge to never text and drive on Sept. 19.”

County commissioners passed a resolution in August to support the national It Can Wait movement, a drive to get motorists in Tennessee and the nation to pledge they won’t text while driving.

Eldridge, Sheriff Ed Graybeal and state Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, joined AT&T Regional Director Alan Hill for the official announcement in Jonesborough Wednesday.

Hill said the movement is no longer about AT&T as every major cell phone company has also signed on to support it.

“It’s more about curbing the problem than AT&T doing it,” Hill said. He said Washington County’s commitment will support the Sept. 19, 2013, “Drive 4 Pledges Day” and encourage wireless users to never text and drive.

According to Hill, AT&T launched the It Can Wait campaign in 2009 to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving and encourage consumers to take the pledge to not text and drive. It’s an online form accessible at www.itcan? .

“More than 2 million pledges have been made to never text and drive. The campaign has now turned into a national movement with support from Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile US Inc. and more than 200 other organizations. The 2013 campaign drive will culminate Sept. 19, when efforts turn towards encouraging everyone to get out in their community and advocate involvement on behalf of the movement,” he said.

Graybeal, Eldridge and Van Huss echoed Hill’s message.

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