Oprah began the campaign in hopes of shedding light on the dangers of texting and talking on the phone while driving. She hopes to educate people and encourage drivers to sign her pledge.
As of April 28 nearly 200,000 drivers have signed the pledge committing to drive responsibly and help put an end to distracted driving.
For more information about the campaign, click here.
To sign the pledge, click here.
Some facts about distracted driving:
- Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than half a million were injured. (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA))
- The proportion of drivers reportedly distracted at the time of a fatal crash has increased from 8 percent in 2004 to 11 percent in 2008. (Source: NHTSA)
- More than 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone at any given moment during daylight hours. (Source: NHTSA)
- Research shows drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
Celebrities who Have Taken the No Phone Zone Pledge
Pledge List as of April 27, 2010
Holly Robinson Peete
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
Gavin De Becker
Dr. Laura Berman
Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum)
Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum)
Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum)
Shaun White (Olympics)
The cast of TV’s “Glee”
Mary J. Blige
Sir Elton John
Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss)
Jimmy Johnson (nascar driver)
Queen Rania of Jordan