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Dallas Mayor Joins National Campaign to Curb Texting While Driving



    Dallas Joins "It Can Wait" Campaign

    Dallas is the latest city to join the "It Can Wait" campaign aimed at stop people from texting while driving. (Published Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013)

    North Texas cities are joining a national initiative to get more people to stop texting while driving.

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is joining cities across Texas, and across the country, to promote “It Can Wait.”

    Rawlings joined another North Texan to kick off the campaign, a woman who knows all too well the damage that texting while driving can do.

    "I was mad at somebody and I was letting him have it in a text,” said Jamie Wiens, who survived a fiery crash on June 27, 2010. She’d been speeding and texting.

    "I lost control of the vehicle and when I did I flipped and rolled,” Wiens said. “My car landed against a tree where I was pinned inside. It caught on fire.”

    Now, after 33 surgeries and with visible scars and evidence of skin grafts, Wiens spends her life warning others about the dangers of texting while driving.

    "It's so not worth one simple message,” Wiens said. “One 'LOL,' one 'CU soon,' is not worth your life or the life of somebody else.”

    The “It Can Wait” campaign runs through Sept. 30, with each city vying to get as many citizens as they can pledging to never text while driving.

    You can make your pledge on the "It Can Wait" website.