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Utah man share's tragic texting story in national campaign

WEST JORDAN (ABC 4 Utah) - A Utah man teamed up with AT&T to stop texting and driving.
WEST JORDAN (ABC 4 Utah) - A Utah man teamed up with AT&T to stop texting and driving.

In a recent commuter poll, the company said almost 100 percent of drivers thought texting and driving was dangerous.  However, 49 percent of adults admitted it was a habit. Reggie Shaw of West Jordan said the statistic is startling. "That number needs to come down. It's not okay," he said.

In 2006, Shaw was driving to work when he said he made the choice to text and drive.  Just five minutes away from work, he hit a car head on.  The crash killed James Furaro and Keith O'Dell instantly.

That prompted Shaw to join AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign where he shared his story in public service announcements that will air nationwide.  He said, "I made a terrible decision, a terrible choice.  I've hurt a lot of people, a lot of families, and I regret it every single day." 

The message may come at the right time. Earlier this week three teenagers were crossing the street on their way home from school when a driver crashed into them.  He was allegedly texting.

The driver of that car has not yet been cited or charged.  All three teens are now recovering at home.
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