The Decorah Police Department, Decorah High School Community Club, Pizza Ranch and KDEC Radio are kicking off a campaign to reduce the amount of texting while driving in the Decorah area.
Statistics show if you text while driving, it makes you 23 times more likely to have a crash. Distracted driving injures 330,000 people every year.
The new campaign--"X the Text"--asks Decorah area residents to sign a pledge that they will "make a conscious commitment to not text while driving, to always wear my seatbelt and encourage my friends and family to do the same."
The text-free driving campaign kicked off Tuesday afternoon at a 2:45 p.m. assembly at Decorah High School. But organizers are quick to point out the campaign is intended for all age groups--not just students. The pledges are available at Decorah Bank & Trust, Deco Products, Gallery of Tops, Culver's, Walmart, the A & J Petersburg Agency, Sims TV & Electronics, Hawkeye Stages, Decorah Chevrolet Cadillac and Pizza Ranch