Wednesday, September 19, 2012: Michigan Don't Text and Drive Day

WHEREAS, according to the American Automobile Association, looking away from the road for even two seconds is enough to double one's chances of a collision; of all cell phone related tasks, including talking, dialing or reaching for the phone, texting while driving is the most dangerous; and,


WHEREAS, during the past three years, text messaging has experienced a tenfold increase, and those who text and drive are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash; and,


WHEREAS, ensuring the safety and well-being of all citizens traveling on Michigan roads and highways is of utmost importance; and,


WHEREAS, on this day and throughout the year, we join with AT&T, numerous telecommunications providers and safety and law enforcement agencies in the Great Lakes State and throughout the nation to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving; we encourage all drivers to remember that no distraction, including texting, is worth the risk of significant injury and loss of life;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, September 19, 2012 as Michigan Don't Text and Drive Day.