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No Texts, No Wrecks

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By: Liz Tufts

     ABC 6 is launching a new program called "No Texts, No Wrecks".

 Nearly one out of every five drivers under the age of 20 killed in a car crash was distracted while driving. Nearly half of drivers admit to texting while behind the wheel. Nearly 6,000 deaths and half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year.

The statistics are alarming. That's why triplets from Seekonk are on a mission to end distracted driving for good. The first stop Seekonk high school. "Our goal is to raise awareness and save lives, " says Matthew Salit.

Meet 16–year–old Timothy, Matthew and Brian Salit. The high school sophomores have spent the last year driving home the dangers about texting behind the wheel. "A member of our track community on his way to school he was driving and another driver was distracted and they hit him and unfortunately he didn't survive, " says Matthew Salit.

That ignited the spark inside the three brothers. They started by hanging posters in the hallways at school. "You really don't need to text and drive that 15 minute drive can really wait, " says Brian Salit.

Their message has started to spread beyond these hallways. Last month, they attended a distracted driving summitt at the Massachusetts state house. This summer they head to D.C. "We are hoping to reach over 30 thousand students in the state of Massachusetts, " adds Brian Salit.

We here at ABC 6 want you to take the pledge. Send us your story about texting and driving. Each month, one person who "likes" us on our "No Texts, No Wrecks" facebook page will be awarded gift cards to area attractions.


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