Illinois Cities Push NoText-And-Drive Pledge

CHICAGO (AP) More than 170 cities and towns in Illinois have issued proclamations urging citizens to pledge never to text on their mobile phones while driving. Telecommunications company AT&T and the Illinois Municipal League made the announcement Friday at the league’s annual convention in Chicago.
Jim Maurer of AT&T Illinois says the goal is to save lives by challenging every driver in Illinois to take the pledge. AT&T is
spending millions of dollars on a campaign called “It Can Wait” to publicize the dangers of texting and driving.

AT&T is one of the nation’s largest cellphone companies. The company says it’s challenging device makers and app developers to work toward a pre-loaded, no-text-and-drive technology for all devices.

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