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Arkansas launches anti-texting campaign

Posted On Tue, July 19, 2011

Motorists in the state of Arkansas are getting a not-so-subtle reminder to steer clear of texting while driving, as officials have recently launched a statewide campaign to stamp out the practice.

Through July 23, drivers on state highways will see signs and digital message boards reading "Stay Alive, Don't Text and Drive" and police officers will be stepping their presence on the highways.

Ginger Beebe, Arkansas' first lady, helped facilitate the campaign with state law enforcement.

Sources indicate the messages will run between July 17 and July 23, then again August 7 through August 13.

Nationwide, officials are cracking down on distracted driving, as 34 states ban drivers from texting while driving. Nine states prohibit hand-held phone use altogether while behind the wheel.

And greater enforcement appears to be paying dividends, as the U.S. Department of Transportation says several areas have seen significant declines in distracted driving - such as Syracuse, New York, and Hartford, Connecticut - when police presence is higher on the roadways.

Commuters who are caught texting while driving are typically fined. They may also see their premiums increase, perhaps affecting the cheap insurance quotes they may have been able to take advantage of.

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