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COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Motorists from allover the country are reminded that from April 10-15, 2014, law enforcementpersonnel will be using a combination of traditional and innovative strategiesto crack down on motorists who text while driving. This effort is a part of thenational U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility enforcement (HVE)campaign that combines periods of intense enforcement of anti-texting laws withadvertising and media outreach to let people know about the enforcement and convincethem to obey the law.

"People need to knowthat we are serious about stopping this deadly behavior," said ColliervillePolice Chief L. E. Goodwin. "Driving andtexting has reached epidemic levels, and enforcement of our State texting lawis part of the cure."

In 2012, there were3,328 people killed and 421,000 injured nationwide in distraction-affectedcrashes. The University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute reportsthat a quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time theydrive, and 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they haveextended, multi-message text conversations while driving.

"When you text whiledriving, you take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off thetask of driving. That puts everyone else's lives in danger, and no one has theright to do that," said Collierville Assistant Police Chief Jeff Abeln.

The U Drive. UText. U Pay. campaign is national in scope, and States that applied andthat have primary enforcement of their text messaging laws were awardedapproximately $8 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of  Transportation to support this and otherefforts designed to fight distracted driving. The national U Text. U Drive.U Pay. enforcement blitz is also supported by an $8.5 million nationaladvertising campaign, designed to raise awareness about the enforcement effortand remind people about the deadly consequences of driving and texting.

For more information, please visit www.distraction.gov

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