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SANTA FE – Gov. Bill Richardson has proclaimed Friday, “No Phone Zone Day” in New Mexico and challenged New Mexico drivers to take the pledge to put down their phones while driving.
Oprah Winfrey initiated National “No Phone Zone Day” as part of her campaign against distracted driving, which has been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Governors Highway Safety Administration.
“Drivers distracted by phone calls and texting are making roads dangerous for New Mexico families,” Richardson said. “That is why I have sought legislation to make roads safer from distracted drivers and why I am challenging New Mexico drivers to take the pledge to put their phones down while they are driving.”
Richardson signed the “No Phone Zone” pledge Tuesday and urged his cabinet members to do the same.
Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver and more than half a million were injured, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Association data.
In New Mexico, there were more than 280 cell phone related crashes in one year, 89 of which included injuries to occupants of the vehicle in 2008.
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