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This past week I sent a letter to every Mayor in Henderson County, Texas, requesting that they consider issuing a Proclamation that April be recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in their respective cities. The mayors are as follows:

Mayor Randy Daniel, Athens

Mayor Roy Brown, Berryville

Mayor Terry F. Mills, Brownsboro

Mayor Joe Barron, Caney City

Mayor Ann Hall, Chandler

Mayor Tony Moore, Coffee City

Mayor Don Warner, Enchanted Oaks

Mayor Elicia Sanders, Eustace

Mayor Al Mann, Frankston

Mayor Dennis Wood, Gun Barrel City

Mayor Billy Goodwin, Log Cabin

Mayor Larry Teague, Mabank

Mayor John Shumate, Malakoff

Mayor J. W. Williams, Midway

Mayor Charles Anderson, Moore Station

Mayor Mike Hill, Murchison

Mayor Rodney Renberg, Payne Springs

Mayor Dannie Smith, Poyner

Mayor John J. Dobbs, Seven Points

Mayor Bill Kerlee, Star Harbor

Mayor Leland Pitts, Tool

Mayor Larry D. Estes, Trinidad

If you share in my concern that Distracted Driving is dangerous and life threatening, please contact these Mayors and let them know you too believe that a Proclamation of Distracted Driving Awareness month is needed to educate the public on the dangers of Distracted Driving which includes cell phone use and driving.

The proposed Proclamation reads as follows (example for Athens, Texas):



Whereas, distracted driving can result in injuries and deaths to motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists; and

Whereas, the health and well being of our citizens are a direct result of increased awareness about the dangers of distracted driving; and

Whereas, distracted driving occurs when drivers divert their attention away from the task of driving to focus on another activity instead; and

Whereas, 80% of all crashes and 65% of all near-crashes can be attributed to some form of driver distraction; and

Whereas, it is estimated that 1.6 million crashes per year can be attributed to cell phone talking and texting while driving; and

Whereas, distracted driving is a serious, life-threatening practice that is preventable; and

Whereas, in order to reduce the number of crashes as well as improve driver safety, motorists should dedicate themselves to adopting and maintaining safe behavior while behind the wheel.

Now, Therefore, I, RANDY DANIEL, do hereby recognize April 2012 as Distracted Driver Awareness Month in the City of Athens, Texas, and call on and encourage our citizens to increase their awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

Adopted this ____ day of April, 2012.


Randy Daniel, Mayor

Please feel free to copy this blog and send a request to your local officials requesting that April, 2012, be Proclaimed Distracted Driving Awareness Month. I know that if we continue to press this issue everyday we will save lives and make our communities safer.

Drive Safe – X THA TXT

Jeff Weinstein, Dallas injury lawyer

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