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Valley woman crusades against texting

Published: Mon, August 30, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Kristine Gill



Wendi Briggs didn’t know her husband’s second cousin, who died in a car accident two months ago. But hearing that the crash was the result of cell-phone use shocked her.

She remembered that feeling when she was given a class assignment at ETI Technical College. LaToya Littles, the instructor of Briggs’ Oral Communication class, told her students they were to give speeches.

Briggs, 37, of Leavittsburg knew which topic she would write about. It was in researching the dangers of texting while driving that she read about Oprah Winfrey’s No Text Pledge. Oprah.com features a form anyone can sign to pledge that they will stop using their phone in the car. Briggs took the pledge and asked her classmates to do the same after she gave her speech. She gained 30 to 40 signatures, but she wanted to do more.

“I told my teacher I could do better than just the class,” Briggs said. So she canvassed other classes, her neighbors and local businesses. As of last week, she had 122 signatures. Briggs hopes to bring awareness to the issue of texting while driving because she thinks it’s a senseless reason to injure yourself and others.

“There are so many fatalities because of it,” she said. “I think people should just take a break. Things are so fast paced as it is.”

Littles plans to send the signed pledges to the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and gain recognition for Briggs and ETI Technical College. The National Safety Council estimated in January that 1.6 million accidents, 28 percent of all crashes, are caused by distracted drivers using cell phones. Of those 1.6 million, NSC estimates that at least 200,000 crashes are caused by texting specifically.

A bill adopted by the Ohio House of Representatives in March would ban texting while driving in the state, if approved by the senate. There is no current state law banning texting while driving in Ohio, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, though 30 other states have such laws in place. Briggs, who is an only child, said she often gets text messages from her mother while driving, but will pull off to the side of the road to reply.


1redcent(38 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

"Every single time you take your eyes off the road or talk on the phone while you’re driving – even for just a few seconds – you put your life in danger. And you put others in danger too. This kind of behavior is irresponsible – and the consequences are devastating."

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
Opening Remarks at Distracted Driving Summit
Sept. 30, 2009

DOT, Seventeen, and AAA are challenging teens to create a catchy anti-distracted driving video to promote safe driving and Seventeen's National Two-Second Turnoff Day, scheduled for September 17. The video with the most votes will be featured at the Distracted Driving Summit on September 21, as well as Seventeen.com, AAAexchange.com, and Distraction.gov.


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2bouyantkym(30 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

there should be no cell phone use period. i have seen many accidents involved with use of one wether it's texting or talking, all drivers should have a blue tooth.i have a cell phone, which gets shut off while i am driving. whenever i have to pull over, then i will check it, a few xtra minutes probably saves many lives. (what is so important to have to text while driving?)

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3RobertH(50 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

What it boils down to is it's pretty sad there has to be an effort made to convince people to pay attention while driving.

That people have to be convinced of this screws with my mind.

Wendi, keep up the good work, don't let the *lumpy* couch potatoes dissuade you. I guess it's not only those texting while driving that don't 'get it'.

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4redcent(38 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

The Ohio House voted March 24 to ban text messaging while driving in Ohio. The Ohio Senate is considering similar legislation.

Current prohibitions:
No statewide limits on cell phone use or text messaging. Toledo, Columbus, Delaware, Belpre and Zanesville are among the Ohio cities that already have banned text messaging while driving

The Pending Ohio legislation is Ohio House Bill 415. It would outlaw text messaging by all drivers in Ohio. Primary offense. $150 fine after six-month warning period. It was approved by the House Public Safety Committee on March 10 and then by the full House on March 24 (86-12 vote). Sent to the Senate. (DeBose, Garland)



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5RealAmericanPatriot(56 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

There are laws banning murder, they don't work all the time. People will still text while driving even if it is banned.

The world is a dangerous place and we can't protect everyone from everything.

I do like the idea of encouraging people to pledge to stop driving and texting.

I don't like the idea of a law banning this though. Whats next, no smoking while driving, no adjusting the radio? How would an officer prove that I wasn't dialing a number rather than texting?

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6Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Whats next, no smoking while driving
Sounds good where do I vote

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7RealAmericanPatriot(56 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Freeatlast - You can sign up at TeaBag rally, right next to the petition to take away our property rights.

Or at a Kasich event, right next to the petition to take away our 2nd amendment rights.

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8Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

OK I will be there . What is a teabagger , does it come with cream and sugar

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9RealAmericanPatriot(56 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Lots of cream I would imagine. No sugar.

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10Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

HO !!!!!!! I love sugar in my tea

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11bouyantkym(30 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

i see police officers all the time on there phones.

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