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Monett joins fight against texting, driving

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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

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