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The Jonas Brothers Invite Chicagoland Fans to Join 'X the TXT' Team

Tue, 08/03/2010 - 11:27am
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The Jonas Brothers Invite Chicagoland Fans to Join 'X the TXT' Team

JOLIET, Ill., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allstate's "X the TXT" social initiative is partnering with the Jonas Brothers' "Road Dogs" softball tour to raise teen awareness about the danger of texting while driving and to encourage young people and their families to pledge not to text and drive. The 12-city tour will kick off this Friday, Aug. 6, at the Sliver Cross Field in Joliet, Ill. The event is free and open to the public. Gates open at 11:00 a.m., game starts at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to the stadium's capacity.

"Road Dogs" started when the Jonas Brothers played recreational softball games while on tour in 2009. The games became very popular with fans after one of the brothers mentioned the games on a social media site. This year, they will be playing seven innings of softball at minor league stadiums throughout the country. At each venue they are working with Allstate to educate fans about the dangers of texting and driving.  

During the game, fans can join the Jonas Brothers' in pledging not to text and drive by adding their thumbprint – the symbol of their pledge – to a banner that will be traveling with the "Road Dogs" tour. Participants will receive "TXTNG KLLS" thumb bands to wear as a reminder of their commitment. Throughout the game, fans will also have the opportunity to win a meet and greet with the Jonas Brothers or autographed t-shirts.

"It is really important that our fans understand just how dangerous texting while driving is," said Kevin Jonas. "Pledging not to text and drive is a promise to your friends, your family and yourself to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel."

Grammy®-nominated artist Jordin Sparks kicked off Allstate's "X the TXT" last November with a 29-city national tour of live pledge events, a Facebook virtual pledge page, and a petition urging Congress to address the issue of texting while driving. Most recently, "X the TXT" events were held at each of Sparks' 30 concerts during her Battlefield tour. In addition to Sparks, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, David Archuleta, Jason Derulo, Meredith Vieira, and more than 85,000 Americans have pledged not to text and drive.

The social initiative is part of Allstate's broader efforts to make our roads safer, especially for young drivers.

"If you text while driving, you are 23 times more likely to crash. Our young drivers are especially susceptible to this risk due to the pressure to stay in constant contact with friends," said Joan Walker, senior vice president of corporate relations at Allstate. "By encouraging teens to change this dangerous behavior, Allstate hopes to save young people's lives." 

Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions facing drivers today, particularly among teens, of which car crashes are the number one killer. According to a recent Allstate Foundation study, 49 percent of driving teens admit to being extremely distracted by texting and instant messaging while driving. And, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports driver distraction contributes to 25 percent of all police-reported traffic crashes.

Allstate hopes more people will join the cause in urging Congress to create stronger laws, not just to ban texting while driving, but to make young drivers safer drivers. One way to do this is through the enactment of the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act (H.R. 1895, S. 3269), which would require states to pass and enforce minimum standards for graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws. The STANDUP Act is currently awaiting Congressional approval.

To take the pledge not to text and drive or for more information about the tour, visit www.facebook.com/XtheTXT.

Full details about the game:

Friday, Aug. 6 at Silver Cross Field

1 Mayor Art Schultz Dr.

Joliet, IL 60432-4092

(815) 726-2255

Gates open at 11:00 a.m.

Game starts at 12:15 p.m.

A full listing of game dates and locations follows:

August 6: Joliet, Ill.

August 13: New Britain, Conn.

August 16: Newark, N.J.

August 19: Queens, N.Y.

August 21: Islip, N.Y.

August 26: Boston, Mass.

August 27: Camden, N.J.

September 7: Jupiter, Fla.

September 11: Houston, Texas

September 12: Dallas, Texas

September 18: San Jose, Cal.

September 19: Irvine, Cal.

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