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Curbing Texting while driving gets emphasis

During the coming weeks, the Tyler County Booster and Sheriff elect Bryan Weatherford will be attending Tyler County high schools to present a video to encourage "no texting while driving". After the video, students will have the opportunity to sign a pledge to never text and drive and never send a text to someone you know is driving.

Each student will receive an "It Can Wait" thumb ring as a reminder. Also, all pledging students will be entered into a drawing to win a "hands free" bluetooth.

"The video, produced by AT&T, has a powerful message," said Booster manager Kelli Barnes. "It will change your mind about texting and driving. The ability to text is an excellent communication tool, but just like we all had to train ourselves to wear seat belts and use car seats for children, we all need to train ourselves to not text and drive.

"AT&T has a free, driving mode app that can be downloaded to your phone. When you set your phone to drive mode, any text message sender will get an auto response saying you are driving and will get back with them as soon as possible."