Report on Distracted Driving Statistics in Wisconsin

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The United States Department of Transportation (“DOT”) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a survey which revealed some startling statistics regarding texting while driving. For example, at any given daylight moment, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood encourages drivers not to use their cell phones while driving for activities such as texting while driving. “There is no way to text and drive safely,” LaHood said.

The Wisconsin distracted driving lawyers of Samster, Konkel & Safran want to prevent texting while driving. We have joined with the Journal Broadcasting Group (“JBG”), including Today’s TMJ4, 620 WTMJ AM and the Lake 94.5 FM, as well as other sponsors, for the Band2Gether campaign, an effort to reduce distracted driving. The campaign is running from now until approximately the middle of October. Drivers can visit one of the JBG stations’ Facebook pages, “like” the page, and take the Band2Gether pledge to not text and drive. Drivers can then register for an IPad mini weekly giveaway. Drivers who visit and “like” the Samster, Konkel & Safran Facebook page and the other sponsors’ Facebook pages can register another entry for the IPad mini giveaway.

We will also have blue Band2Gether thumb bands for drivers to show their commitment to not text and drive. Drivers can visit our office at 1110 North Old World Third Street, Suite 405, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53203, e-mail our office, or call our office to get a Band2Gether thumb band. Please also watch for our public service announcements regarding the Band2Gether campaign on television, radio and the internet.

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