Make the NO TEXT PLEDGE
Texting and Driving is especially dangerous because it combines visual, manual and cognitive distractions.
In 2009, more than 5,400 people died in crashes that involved a distracted drive and about 448,000 people were injured.
52% of drivers ages 18-29 reported texting while driving at least once in the last 30 days, and more than 25% report texting "regularly" while driving.
National Safety Council reported that 28 percent of traffic crashes are caused by people talking on cell phones or sending text messages.
IN ARKANSAS a new law took effect Oct. 1, 2011 for the following :
Cell, text messaging update: An act prohibiting use of handheld cell phones in school zones and highway work zones has been signed into law by the governor. It took effect Oct. 1, 2011.
- Handheld ban for drivers age 18-20 years old (Primary law)
- Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for bus drivers (Primary law)
- Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for novice drivers (Secondary law)
- Ban on texting for all drivers (Primary law) fine of $100
Note: Arkansas defines novice drivers as all drivers under the age of 18.