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4-H urges no texting pledge

Published: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

DeKalb County 4-H members have joined more than 20,000 other 4-Hers across Illinois in a campaign to reduce car crashes caused by texting and driving. The “It Can Wait” campaign encourages drivers to take a pledge to never text while driving.

To make the pledge, text 4H4ICW to 50555. Standard text and data rates apply.

“The members of Illinois 4-H are committed to make a difference in the ‘It Can Wait’ campaign,” Angie Barnard, executive director for the Illinois 4-H Foundation, said in a news release. “By encouraging people to take the pledge, we can help make our state safer and even save lives. We’re excited to spread the message through the state with our 23,000 club members in 1,250 4-H clubs. To take the pledge, anyone can text 4H4ICW to 50555.”

More than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting, according to the National Safety Council.

Illinois 4-H is joined by AT&T in the campaign. state Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Hinckley, has thrown his support behind the effort.

“As phone texting becomes more and more popular as a means of communicating, texting while driving has led to increased accidents and deaths on our highways,” Pritchard said in the release. “It has been proven that those who read and send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident.”

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