The Gadsden Times | Etowah County Commission joins anti-texting pledge day
Etowah County Commission joins anti-texting pledge day
By Kendra Carter | The Gadsden Times | September 18, 2012
The Etowah County Commission is supporting AT&T and its It Can Wait Campaign with a simple message: No text is worth your life.
The wireless provider’s public awareness campaign culminates today with an online pledge day on www.itcanwait.com.
Commissioners declared the day “No Text On Board Pledge Day” during their meeting Tuesday morning.
Commission President Jeff Overstreet encouraged people to take the pledge and to stop texting while driving.
“...We’re going to encourage all of our students and adults — because I think sometimes mom and dad, we (are) getting into trying to talk to our kids through text messages — to go towww.itcanwait.com and take the pledge to stay off the phone while you’re driving,” Overstreet said.
The Alabama Legislature in April passed a law banning texting while driving statewide. Many cities and counties, including the Gadsden City Council in June 2010, previously had passed bans.
According to the proclamation, 43 percent of teen drivers admitted in an AT&T survey to texting while driving, while 97 percent said they know the action is dangerous. Texting while driving also makes a driver 23 times more likely to crash, according to AT&T.
“It’s critical that we stop this,” said Glyn Agnew, regional director of Alabama legislative and external affairs for AT&T Alabama, said of texting while driving. “It’s worse than driving under the influence.”
Gov. Robert Bentley already has signed a proclamation about pledging not to text while driving, Agnew said.
Local public school superintendents David Bowman, Alan Cosby and Ed Miller, along with Sheriff Todd Entrekin, were recognized at Tuesday’s meeting and presented a copy of the proclamation.
Commissioner Larry Payne also presented a proclamation in honor of Corey Garmon, a 2007 Sardis High School graduate who was injured in July while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
Garmon, 24, was injured when an IED exploded while he and his squad were approaching a compound outside Kandahar. Five of eight squad members were injured.
Payne said Garmon remains at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and that a copy of the proclamation was delivered to him by an aide to U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville.
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