Monett Mayor Jim Orr has signed a proclamation encouraging motorists to not text and drive.
The promotion is being promoted by AT&T designating Wednesday, Sept. 19, as "No Text On Board Pledge Day."
The proclamation follows:
Whereas: Monett, Mo. holds the health and safety of its young adults as a chief concern; and
Whereas: Text messaging is the main mode of communication for most American teenagers, with half of all teens sending between 21 and 70 texts a day;
Whereas: 90 percent of American teenagers expect a reply to a text message within five minutes;
Whereas: In a national survey, 43 percent of American teenage drivers admitted to texting while driving even though 97 percent know it is dangerous;
Whereas: A recent university study showed those who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to crash; and
Whereas: A driver that sends a text message while driving not only jeopardizes his or her safety, but also the safety of passengers, pedestrians and other drivers;
Now, therefore, I, Mayor James Orr, do hereby proclaim Sept. 19, 2012 as No Text On Board Pledge Day.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand to be affixed this 10th day of Sept., 2012.
/s/ James Orr, mayor