INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - 100,000 accidents are caused every year in this country by drivers who are texting behind the wheel. It's why we are all being asked to sign a pledge to never text while driving.
AT&T started it and government leaders are now involved. Governor Pence and 33 Indiana mayors have endorsed the idea.
Lawrence Police Officer Tracy Cantrell hands out 20 tickets a day. Almost all of them are for speeding. Maybe two a day are for texting while driving because it's so hard to prove.
"They can say to us 'I'm checking my email or I'm looking at a GPS or an address.'" says Cantrell.
But texting while driving is a problem that compares with drunk driving and a 2011 law that makes it illegal in Indiana has done little to discourage it. And that's where AT&T steps in with a website where you can find a pledge against texting while driving along with documentaries spelling out the problem.
Chandler Gerber of Bluffton, Ind. appears in one of them as the words "I love you" appear on the screen. "This was the last text message I sent," he says, "before I caused an accident that killed three people."
The communications company needs help from elected officials to spread the word.
"So we want to make sure that they're on board with us," said Margaret Trammell of AT&T, "that they realize in their communities that they have a problem with this as well."
"I see it on a daily basis," said Lawrence Mayor Dean Jessup, who signed up months ago even after he developed his own approach to texting while driving.
"I did a personal pledge a long time ago," he said. "I pull over. There's parking lots everywhere."
But not everyone does. The message is that Tracy Cantrell needs help.
"And I can physically see individuals texting and looking down while the vehicle is in motion," he said. "Scary."
The governor and the mayors have declared Thursday to be "Drive 4 Pledges Day." There will be activities around the state.
If you would like to find the pledge you can find at itcanwait.com.
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