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Minnesota doctor’s petition to disable texting while driving

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No matter how many articles are written, no matter how many times people hear the tragic stories, no matter how many times they are warned of its stupidity, people still text and drive.

And the problem is growing every year.

In 2008, the Minnesota State Patrol only cited 18 people for texting behind the wheel. In 2011, that number was 432, that's a 2300% increase in just four years.

The numbers are so startling it caused a local doctor to step-up and be a part of changing this culture of distracted driving.

Dr. Charles Crutchfield is pushing for people to sign a petition to make it mandatory that all major automobile, cell phone and insurance companies equip cars with the technology to disable texting while driving.

Distracted drivers cause about 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries every year.

Requiring the technology to disable texting while driving as a safety feature (like seat belts and air bags) and rewarding use of the technology with insurance discounts is good public policy: It will save lives and money. They have a petition on whitehouse.gov that needs to get 100,000 signatures in 30 days in order to be addressed by the administration.

To read more about the petition and sign it: http://www.crutchfielddermatology.com/safetexting

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