Allstate Insurance has launched a new campaign against texting and driving called "X the TXT." The epidemic has caused accidents, distracted driver injuries and even teen deaths.
According to statistics released by Allstate, texting and driving results in car crashes that kill an average of 11 teens each day. It also causes 330,000 distracted driving injuries every year and makes drivers 23 times more likely to have an accident.
"X the TXT" encourages teens and parents to pledge against texting and driving. The program is endorsed by 19-year-old singer Jordin Sparks and her mom Jodi, who placed their thumbprints on a banner as a symbol of their promise. The banner is currently making its way around the country on a 30-city tour.
"Unfortunately, it can be easy to forget the dangers of texting and driving when you get behind the wheel," Jordin said. "That's why it is important for teens, their friends and families to acknowledge its risks and pledge together not to do it. I'm glad to take this public pledge with Allstate, because sending a text isn't worth taking a life."
For more information on the dangers of texting while driving, and to make your pledge against it, visit Allstate.com/teen.