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Two Organizations Join Forces to Launch Major Campaign Against Texting While Driving

THE STATISTICS ARE FRIGHTENING:

1) Over 5,800 people died last year as a result of texting while driving.

2) One survey found 26 percent of mobile phone users have texted while driving.

3) 60 percent of teenagers reported that they have texted while driving.

4) 49 percent of drivers in their 20's said that they have texted while driving.

MELBOURNE, FL - The Trauma Center at Holmes Regional Medical Center, together with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office will launch a new campaign combating the dangers of texting while driving on Thursday, May 20, at 10:30am in the Melbourne Auditorium parking lot.

The announcement is part of a multi-media awareness blitz intended to highlight the dangers and sometimes deadly outcomes of texting on cell phones while driving. The message of the campaign is simple:

Don't Text and Drive!

The campaign will include ads on the air and in local newspapers. It will also include a new website where you can pledge not to text and drive, receive a certificate for your pledge, and encourage others to take the "don't text and drive pledge."

The website is: www.HealthFirstReality.org/NoText.

The campaign marks the start of a long term commitment by the Trauma Center at Holmes Regional Medical Center to educate drivers regarding the dangers of texting while behind the wheel.

On Thursday, May 20, at 10:30am, see a demonstration using cars and an obstacle course to show how texting impairs ability to drive safely.

The Trauma Center at Holmes Regional Medical Center and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office urge everyone to log on to the website, take the pledge, and don't text and drive!