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U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood, Congressional Leaders and Jordin Sparks Join Allstate in Urging Americans to Stop Texting and Driving
Date:4/27/2010

NORTHBROOK, Ill. and WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joined singing sensation Jordin Sparks, Congressional leaders and Allstate senior executives to urge Americans to take a pledge not to text and drive.

"Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic, and we need to work together to stop thousands of unnecessary injuries and deaths every year," said Secretary LaHood.  "I applaud the efforts of Allstate to encourage Americans to take personal responsibility and help put an end to this dangerous behavior."

LaHood joined Members of Congress and Allstate to highlight the success of Allstate's "X the TXT" campaign, which encourages teens and their parents to take their thumbs off of their electronic devices, and not text while driving.  This campaign is part of Allstate's broader efforts to make our roads safer, especially for young drivers.  American Idol superstar Sparks and her mom Jodi kicked off the campaign in November 2009 when they publicly pledged not to text and drive by leaving their mark – in this case, their thumbprints – on a pledge banner that traveled the country this past holiday season.

The X the TXT movement began with an official 30-city tour with live pledge events, a Facebook virtual pledge page, as well as a petition urging Congress to address the issue of texting while driving.

To date, over 75,000 Americans have pledged not to text and drive, and close to 5,000 individuals have signed the petition urging Congress to pass federal legislation banning texting while driving.

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