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Your risk of causing an accident goes up 400% if you are talking on a cell phone while driving. This is similar to driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .08.

Lara Simmons on May 28th, 2011 @ 01:05 PM No comments

As a part of our roll out of mobile banking this month Verity has been giving away “gadget grips,” which are small, puffy stickers that you can put on your cell phone to keep it from slipping and sliding around or to make it adhere to your dash board, treadmill, or any other surface you may want to stick it to.

Besides being a nifty little gadget for your cell phone (and who doesn’t love those?), gadget grips also serve another purpose: A reminder NOT to use your cell phone while driving.

The “No Phone Zone” campaign is committed to raising awareness and providing education to help prevent the senseless deaths and injuries caused each day by distracted drivers talking and texting on their cell phones while driving.

Here are just a few of the statistics from their website:

• Nearly 6,000 people were killed and over 500,000 were injured in collisions due to distracted driving in 2008.

• Your risk of causing an accident goes up 400% if you are talking on a cell phone while driving. This is similar to driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .08.

• Your risk of causing an accident goes up 800% if you are texting on a cell phone while driving.

I would be willing to bet that not one person reading this post would say that one phone call is worth risking a life. I would also bet that most of us have at one time or another made a call or sent a text while driving. I know I have. And I know that I shouldn’t have. Ever. Not even once.

So, please check out the website. Get informed. TAKE THE PLEDGE.

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