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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

le will join the cause in urging Congress to create stronger laws, not just to ban texting while driving, but to make young drivers safer drivers.  One way to do this is through the enactment of graduated driver licensing guidelines that allow new drivers to gain valuable experience under supervised and less risky conditions.

"Eleven teens die every day in car crashes. Pledging not to text and drive is a powerful act that anyone can take to help ensure those we love come home safely," said Bill Vainisi, vice president and deputy general counsel at Allstate.  "But we can and must do more.  More young lives will be saved when our efforts to change social norms are backed by strong distracted driving laws and rigorous enforcement.  The time to act is now."

Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions facing drivers today, particularly teens, and car crashes are the number one killer of this age group.  According to a recent Allstate Foundation study, 82 percent of driving teens admit to using cell phones while driving, and 49 percent admit to being extremely distracted by texting and instant messaging while driving.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver distraction contributes to 25 percent of all police-reported traffic crashes.

At the event, Sparks also presented a $25,000 check from Allstate to the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS).  Allstate pledged to donate $1 (up to $25,000) for every person who joined the cause on Facebook.

"Sending a text is not worth taking a life," said Grammy-nominated Jordin Sparks.  "Unfortunately, it can be easy to forget the dangers of texting and driving when you get be
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