WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today applauded South Dakota for becoming the 43rd state to prohibit texting behind the wheel for drivers of all ages.
Four decades ago, when Lyndon Johnson signed the order to create the Department of Transportation, it read, “The Secretary should give top priority to the safety of our people as they travel by land, sea, or air.”
Today, that statement remains truer than ever – especially when it comes to distracted driving.
Just as distracted driving was a priority under Secretary LaHood, it will receive my full efforts, as well...
If you support the nationwide effort to end texting while driving, today is a day to take the fight to the next level. With Drive 4 Pledges Day, the people behind the effective It Can Wait campaign are urging you to pledge to never text and drive and to ask others to do the same.
Sharing your commitment has never been easier, thanks to ItCanWait.com. There, you can get resources to help you personalize your efforts and spread your message on social media. From profile and cover pics to hashtags, ItCanWait.com has everything you need to make this important cause your own.
As Transportation Secretary Foxx said, "Texting while driving claims too many lives, and raising awareness of this completely preventable tragedy is key to saving them.”