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College students vow to avoid texting and driving

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Some local college students are vowing not to text and drive.

Harrison College in Evansville hosted a "Don't Text and Drive Day" to bring awareness to this potentially deadly illegal distraction.

During the event, people were asked to sign a pledge board, promising not to text and drive.

According to Parkview Trauma Centers, cell phones are a contributing factor in more than a million accidents each year.

It's clearly a bad habit, putting law enforcement in a never-ending battle.

“We see a lot of crazy things out there,” says Sgt. Todd Ringle of Indiana State Police. “We see a lot of people on their phones, but really unless we know for a fact that they're texting and driving, we can't do anything, and it's very frustrating." 

"We will always have problems with people on their cell phones, but we also know that people are being injured and people are being killed because of the cell phone, and we need to put a stop to it.”

A new law goes into effect Wednesday in Indiana that states it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to use a cell phone while they're driving.

Previously it had been anyone under 18.

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