Posted: Oct 10, 2012 12:51 PM
Updated: Oct 10, 2012 12:57 PM
Governor Steve Beshear declared Wednesday, "Don't Text and Drive Day," kicking off an initiative to cut down on the dangerous practice.
Kentucky has had an enforcible law against texting and driving on the books since January 2011. Now the governor wants Kentuckians to sign a pledge not to do it.
Officials say each time you send a text, it takes your eyes off the road for about five seconds. Wil Craig learned that lesson the hard way. He was critically injured in a texting related crash. He told his story at the governor's news conference Wednesday morning and urged everybody to sign the pledge.
"Take the pledge- even just a small thing like that can save a life. Four years ago, I was driving and hit a tree at 120 miles per hour. I died three times before my 18th birthday and layed in a coma for eight weeks. I was never supposed to walk again."
You can sign the pledge at www.itcanwait.com.