Texting while driving is a dangerous practice that AAA's members consistently list as one of their top safety concerns.

To the editor:

Texting while driving is a dangerous practice that AAA's members consistently list as one of their top safety concerns.

Because AAA aims to be its members' most trusted and vocal advocate, the organization has been actively lobbying for bans on texting while driving in all 50 states since 2009. We would like to thank our legislators and Gov. Kasich for passing H.B. 99, the anti texting bill that took effect Aug. 31.

While we would like texting while driving to be a primary offense in Ohio, AAA believes this is an important first step and one that will save lives in Ohio. We also want to thank the Ohio State Highway Patrol and AT&T for their commitment to educating young people about the dangers of texting and driving. Recently, we joined forces and held a major presentation at Westerville South High School.

Students saw The Last Text, a very powerful video produced by AT&T that documents several tragedies related to texting and driving. The students were awesome. You could hear a pin drop. Hundreds took the pledge never to text and drive.

Finally, we want to thank the Franklin County commissioners for recognizing and supporting the "No Text On Board" pledge day, which was held Sept. 19. The message is simple: It Can Wait. Please don't text and drive.

Kimberly Schwind
AAA Ohio Auto Club