Eyewitness News and BakersfieldNow.com have partnered with Three Way Chevrolet, Dignity Health and local first responders to launch a community-wide campaign called TXT L8R.
In cooperation with our TXT L8R sponsors, California Highway Patrol, Bakersfield police and fire departments, as well as the Kern County Fire Department, we will use the combined platforms of television, Web, mobile, social media and community events to raise awareness in Kern County about the dangers of distracted driving.
In 2008 legislation was introduced that made it an infraction to write, send or read text-based messages while driving a motor vehicle.
Deaths due to handheld cell phone use dropped 22 percent since that law first went into affect according to the National Safety Council.
Now in 2013 that law was revised and it now reads a person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send or read a text-based communications, unless the electronic wireless communications device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation to dictate, send or listen to a text-based communications, and it is used in the manner while driving.
Distracted driving is dangerous driving, and in 2012 there were several fatalities right here in Kern County that were directly related to texting while driving, take the pledge to keep our Kern County Community Safe and TXT L8R.
- At any given moment, an estimated 800,000+ Americans are texting or making calls while driving, adults as well as teens
- 4 out of 5 accidents (80%) are attributed to distracted drivers. In contrast, drunk drivers account for 1 out of 3 accidents (33%)
- People who text while driving are 23% more likely to be in a car accident
TXT L8R Campaign Goal:
- Reduce the number of FATALITIES and ACCIDENTS caused by distracted drivers in Central California
- Create awareness about the dangers of texting while driving
- Challenge Central California drivers to put down their phones and TXT L8R