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Indiana mayors speaking out against texting and driving

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Some Southern Indiana mayors are joining forces on Thursday for Drive for Pledges Day to speak out against texting and driving.  

It's part of AT&T's It Can Wait campaign. Governor Mike Pence and 33 mayors across the state are participating in the campaign. 

The goal is to educate drivers across the country on the risks of texting behind the wheel, while also asking people to pledge to never text and drive again. 

There will be a number of activities across the nation that day, including driving simulators at the EVSC Academy for Innovative Studies.

Right now, more than two million people have pledged online at itcanwait.com

AT&T reached out to Indiana mayors and asked them to create proclamations that designate Thursday as Drive for Pledges Day.

Two local mayors are hoping that residents in their cities will join that list.

"Our city hall building sits at an intersection where there's a stop light, so many times you can be standing to cross the street and there will be someone run the stop light because they're texting. Those who do text, hopefully, they'll give it a second thought after hearing all of this," Boonville Mayor Pam Hendrickson said.

"A lot of people lose their lives by texting while driving. It's a good thing not to do. Things can happen within split seconds," said Princeton Mayor Bob Hurst.

Organizations across the US, including professional sports teams, cell phone providers, and high schools are all gearing up for Drive for Pledges Day.

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