Viewpoint: April 30, 2013

It's something many of us are guilty of doing. Distracted driving has become an epidemic on our roads. In 2011, more than 3,000 people were killed and  more than 300,000 injured in accidents involving a distracted driver.

Texting and driving is one of the biggest culprits. If you text and drive, you are 23 times more likely to be in an accident. Sending and receiving a text takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that's like driving the length of an entire football field blindfolded.

And,it's not just a problem among teens and young adults. A recent survey by AT&T shows adults are now the biggest offender. At WAFB, we've launched a campaign called 'Wait to Text" (W82TXT). It's a pledge to stop texting and driving, with the goal of saving lives.

You can fill out the pledge form on our website or text w82txt to 99009. Take action today and help make our roads safer.