Sept. 19 proclaimed 'Don't Text and Drive Day'

Spurs, AT&T partner up for campaign

Author: Isis Romero , Anchor, iromero@ksat.com
Published On: Sep 18 2012 05:12:21 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2012 05:41:07 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

Many Americans are guilty of it from time to time: texting while driving. 

It's a dangerous thing to do on the road and, according to the National Safety Council, causes over 100,000 accidents each year. 

On Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs and ATT&T announced the “It Can Wait” campaign, which aims to discourage the public from texting while driving.

As part of the campaign, Mayor Julian Castro signed a proclamation naming Sept. 19, as “Don’t Text and Drive Day.”

“Our goal is throughout the United States to urge Americans to stop texting and driving,” said Renee Flores with AT&T. “To take the pledge tomorrow, but not limit that restriction to tomorrow, but make a lifelong commitment to never text and drive again."

San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, who will be the spokesperson for the campaign, said even one accident caused by distracted driving is too many.

“Playing in the NBA takes a lot of focus, and it's just as important to focus behind the wheel,” said Green. “A lot of people think they're really good at it, and they can type without looking at the keys, and the next thing you know, one second can change your whole life.”

Aside from the campaign, city leaders remind the public that there is also a city ordinance against texting while driving within San Antonio city limits.

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