Secretary LaHood, Jordin Sparks and auto insurance company encourage not to text and drive

Texting while driving increases the risk of an accident.On Tuesday, Allstate joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Congressional leaders, and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks in an effort to encourage Americans not to text and drive.

Distracted driving caused more than 6,000 deaths in 2008 and more than half a million injuries. Teens are typically put into a high-risk auto insurance category, and making sure they don’t text and drive can help lower their car insurance rates.

This campaign is part of Allstate’s efforts to advocate for safer teen driving by asking them to not text and drive. They are asking people to make a pledge, and so far more than 75,000 Americans have committed not to text and drive. Nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition asking Congress to push through a federal law that will ban texting while driving.

Allstate vice president and deputy general counsel Bill Vainisi said that “eleven teens die every day in car crashes. More young lives will be saved when our efforts to change social norms are backed by strong distracted driving laws and rigorous enforcement.”

Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens, and texting while driving is one of the most dangerous distractions drivers can face.ADNFCR-3298-ID-19751701-ADNFCR

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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