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Teens and their families invited to take the pledge not to text and drive

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Allstate agency owners from Harrisburg and the surrounding areas are joining with the Harrisburg Police Department in inviting residents to visit their local Allstate office on the same day and join more than one million Americans who have pledged not to text and drive through Allstate's X the TXT® campaign.  Teens and their parents add their thumbprints to a pledge banner as a symbol of their promise not to text and drive. Thumb bands given to participants serve as daily reminders to put their cell phones down behind the wheel and stay focused on the road. Information on keeping teens safer on the roads will also be available.

The next X the TXT events will be held on July 23 at the following Allstate agency owners' offices:

  • Tonia Anderson Agency, 3876 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109
  • David Downey Agency, 11 N. US Highway 15, Suite 7, Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • Kelly McKee Agency, 600 Carlisle Street, Suite C, Hanover, PA 17331

The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest for teens on the road.  Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions facing drivers today, particularly among teens, of which car crashes are the number one killer. According to a recent Allstate Foundation study, 49 percent of driving teens admit to being extremely distracted by texting and instant messaging while driving. And, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports driver distraction contributes to 25 percent of all police-reported traffic crashes.  Working together, Allstate agency owners hope to bring enough attention to the issue to get that message out to teens and their parents.  This is part of Allstate's continuing effort to keep the residents of Harrisburg safe and secure.

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