Patch.com in Michigan partnered with AT&T to raise awareness about distracted driving. As part of our series, we are rewarding readers who commit to not text and drive with a contest.
Here are the winners, and why they won't text and drive:
Denise Roberts of Milford: I will never text and drive. My son and I watch too many drivers distracted by their phones. Talking and texting in school zones also should be illegal. I see too many parents picking up their children from school that are distracted with cell phone use. This puts our children and others at risk just walking to school.
Deborah Lines of Troy: I pledge to never text and drive because I value my life and those of my children and their friends who often ride in my car. By setting the example of not texting while driving, I hope that my children will never text and drive. A two second "Hey" while driving could be the length of a football field, why take the risk?
Eric Matthews of New Baltimore: I will not text and drive because I will be to busy watching for other drivers driving while putting on makeup, eating , reading, or just can not drive, and texting and talking on the phone.
New Baltimore Patch reader Christina Bandy: I would never text and drive. I value my son, my life, and my family way too much to jeopordize anything. I also wouldn't want to devastate another family if something were to go wrong. My cousins stepfather was killed a few years ago by a girl texting on the freeway. It's horrible seeing someone go through that. Also, there's been many times where I've almost gotten hit by someone not paying attention because they're too busy texting. It infuriates you! Especially when my son is in the car. People need to be responsible drivers, and I am a responsible driver. I pledge to not text while driving.
Laura Young of Wyandotte: I will not text and drive because I would never want to be responsible for hurting another person....ever! I was actually rear ended by a woman who was texting while driving with my teenage daughter in the car. Ironically, I am very happy this happened to us. The accident was minor, nobody was hurt, and it taught a lesson to the driver along with my newly driving teen. She was visibly shaken and now knows the repercussions first hand of what happens when full attention is not on the road.
Susie Fenster of West Bloomfield: I pledge not to text and drive because I value my life's, my children's lives and all those who are on the road with me at that time. I will not allow my children to text and drive ever and I need to be a positive role model for them!