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Drivers called to join the It Can Wait movement

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -Wednesday, the leadership of the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association and Louisiana State Police held a press conference to encourage Louisianans to take the "It Can Wait Pledge" to not text and drive.

"Far too often, my officers see firsthand the devastating results of texting while driving," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent.  "Changing behavior is hard to do, but we can if we work together to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving and make it socially unacceptable to do so."

"We've seen how community action and shared commitments can change behavior behind the wheel," said Michael Ranatza, Executive Director of the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association.  "From wearing seat belts to drinking and driving, we've seen how speaking up to our friends and family have made our roads safer.  I have no doubt we can do the same with texting and driving."

People can sign up at ItCanWait.com to get resources that will help them share their commitment on social media.  People can also find out how to change their status on September 19th, to show they will not be texting and driving. 

Louisiana Chiefs Associationand Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta were also among those at the press conference.

 

To make your driving and cell phone use experience a little safer, law enforcement suggest the following safety tips:

  • Obey the law.  Don't text or use social media while you're behind the wheel.
  • Before you get behind the wheel, get to know your phone's features, such as speed dial and redial.  Use a hands free device when possible.
  • Assess the traffic and dial sensibly.  Ask your passenger to dial for you, or make calls when you are not moving.
  • Never read or write while the car is moving. If you must write a note or take down a phone number during a conversation, PULL OVER!
  • Be careful when pulling over to place calls. To avoid being a crime victim, don't stop in dangerous areas and keep your car doors locked.
  • Position your phone within easy reach or let your voice mail answer rather than taking your eyes off the road to look for the phone.
  • Let the person you are speaking to know you are driving.
  • Do not engage in emotional conversations as you will be focused primarily on the call rather than your driving.
  • Dial 911 to report an emergency-it's free from your wireless phone.

 

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