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`It Can Wait` campaign aims to curb texting while driving

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We all know drinking and driving is dangerous, but one study says texting while driving is just as bad.

Mary and Ron Dye's daughter, Mariah West, was killed in a texting and driving accident, one day before her high school graduation four years ago.

She was driving, going to meet a friend, when he sent her a text. West looked down to read it and moments later she was in a coma.

"This is actually an epidemic for the good kids," Mary Dye says. "The ones who have the jobs, who have the family circle, who are doing well in school so they got a phone for a present."

The Dyes are part of the "It Can Wait" campaign and their tragedy is featured in a video called "The Last Text."

Awareness has increased for teen drivers but sadly, the Dyes say, adults send more text messages and emails while driving than their children.

The campaign kicks off this week and runs through what AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-mobile, call the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. They're highlighting the dangers of texting and driving and encouraging teens and adults to take the pledge against texting, emailing and talking on the phone while driving.

It's a message students at Roosevelt High School have heard before, but they say never like this.

"It got me scared," says high school sophomore Aria Carrera. "It really got me scared and it kinda convinced me that texting while driving is not a good thing and that I should never even try to do it."

"It really makes you look and think about how quick something can end or how a certain incident can just stop a moment of somebody's life or end a life just that quickly," says student Daniel Green.

Studies show that texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash. So while parents are telling their children what not to do, this effort is telling everyone it's time to stop.

Take the pledge against texting and driving here.

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