Mayor issues 'no texting while driving' proclamation
No Texting While Driving Day was recognized Sept. 19 in New Milford.
But New Milford Mayor Pat Murphy and many others concerned with the proliferation of distraction-induced auto accidents would like every day to be No Texting While Driving Day.
In the proclamation, the mayor stated: "Whereas texting has become the way many people communicate today, which means some people are doing it as the worst possible time while driving; and texting while driving is involved in over 100,000 motor vehicle crashes each year, often causing injuries and death; and those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in some type of safety critical event as compared to those drivers who don't text while they drive; and in 2009, AT&T launched the public awareness campaign, `It Can Wait,' to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving by encouraging consumers to take the personal pledge not to text while driving ... I, Patricia Murphy, by virtue of the authority vested in me as mayor of the town of New Milford....do hereby proclaim Sept. 19, 2013, as No Texting While Driving Day."
The proclamation also stated the town supports efforts to raise public awareness about the dangers of texting while driving and encourages people to take the pledge.