Nearly 6,000 deaths occurred in the United States this year as a result of distracted driving.
The longer you look away from the road to answer a text increases the chance of losing control of the vehicle: a car could pull into your lane, wild animals or pedestrians could be crossing the street, debris could be in the middle of the road.
When it comes to texting and driving, it can wait.
According to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Research those who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash.
Texas is one of 11 states without a ban on text messaging by all drivers.
But in 2009, the widespread cell phone distraction did drive state lawmakers to protect students and prohibit handheld cell phone use in school zones.
In Wichita Falls police say that law has helped protect kids and make drivers more aware in school zones.
Police say in the past 12 months, approximately 116 of the accidents reported in our community had a contributing factor of cell phone use.
According to the national highway traffic safety administration, the largest group of drivers who are distracted with cell phones are those under the age of 20.
We encourage you to join the movement and raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving.
You and your friends and family can participate in the "No Text Pledge" by logging on to www.texomashomepage.com and make the pledge to drive now and text later.