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September 17, 2013

Pence, mayors campaign against texting and driving

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence and several mayors across Indiana are trying to tell drivers who think about texting while behind the wheel that it can wait.

The elected leaders are working with cellphone providers to get drivers to sign pledges they will not text and drive. They've declared Thursday "Drive 4 Pledges Day."

Thirty-three mayors representing small, mid-sized and large Indiana cities signed onto the program. They include the mayors of Bloomington, Columbus, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Muncie, South Bend and Terre Haute.

The pledges are part of a national movement by elected leaders and wireless companies to create more of a "social stigma" against texting and driving.

Indiana lawmakers outlawed texting while driving in 2011.

Online: http://www.itcanwait.com

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