APRIL 2013

With the rising popularity of smartphones, texting is becoming the preferred method of communication for many of us. In fact, the average American sends or receives 40 texts per day with those in the 18-24 age group texting more than 100 times a day, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. And many of those texts are either sent or received while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers are four times as likely to get into a serious car crash when using a hand held device while driving.

In order to raise the awareness of texting or talking on a handheld device while driving on our county roadways the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police, County Crime Stoppers of Somerset County, Inc. and Somerset Medical Center and Emergency Medical Associates are challenging all county residents and those who work in Somerset County who possess a valid permit or driver’s  license to “Take The Pledge” not to text or talk on a handheld device while driving.


Driving is a privilege that I take very seriously.

I recognize how dangerous it is to be distracted behind the wheel:

6,000 Americans die in car accidents caused by distracted driving each year

Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk       


I pledge to drive without distractions - for my safety and the safety of my passengers and fellow drivers.

I will not text while driving.

If I need to make a call when driving, I will use a hands free device or pull over to the side of the road to make my call.

I will not text or call someone that I know is driving a motor vehicle.

Name:   Date:

For more information about the dangers of texting and driving, visit www.distraction.gov