'It Can Wait,' states say of texting while driving

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The governors in Kansas and Missouri have both jumped on a nationwide campaign telling drivers text messages can wait and no text is worth dying for.

AT&T's ‘It Can Wait' campaign begins Wednesday, and Kan. Gov. Sam Brownback and Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon have joined with the wireless company, the United States Department of Transportation and dozens of other local and state organizations in proclaiming the day "No Text on Board – Pledge Day."

Both states' departments of transportation will use flash messages on electronic billboards along state roads to remind drivers not to text while driving.

"Texting behind the wheel may only take a few moments, but it can have a lifetime of consequences," U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said at the GW Safety Expo.. "No text or email is worth the risk."

Texting while driving is illegal in Kansas. In Missouri, a texting-while-driving ban only applies to those under 21.

To take a pledge to stop texting and driving, visit www.itcanwait.com.

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