Jonas Bros. tour on safe texting
Jonas Brothers Joe, Nick and Kevin in New Britain, Conn., on Friday. (Wendy Carlson/Getty Images)
The Jonas Brothers are traveling the country over the next two months, but this tour isn't just about bringing their special brand of pop to fans -- although they are doing that, too. The Jonases have joined the campaign to stop distracted driving as part of the "X the TXT" campaign started by Allstate -- Jordin Sparks was in D.C. in the spring promoting it -- and they're taking their message to minor league ballparks.
Brothers Joe, Nick and Kevin are touring as part of a softball team made up of their, family, friends and crew. Opponents vary; one team they played in Connecticut last week was made up of ESPN analysts.
The effort has Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, who has made the fight against distracted driving a centerpiece of his tenure in office, singing their praises. "I never thought I'd say this--and you probably never thought you'd hear me say it," he wrote on his blog, "but I just became the Jonas Brothers' newest fan" because of their efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of texting.
Kevin Jonas said in a statement, "It is really important that our fans understand just how dangerous texting while driving is. 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."
During the game, people are asked to pledge not to text and drive and receive "TXTNG KLLS" thumb bands.
The 12 games are being played around concert dates, but, alas, Jonas fans; there are no D.C. dates scheduled. The Road Dogs are playing in Newark today and in New York City on Thursday. Other dates include: Islip, N.Y., Saturday; Boston, Aug. 26; and Camden, N.J., Aug. 27. Then team heads to Florida and makes it way across the country to California during the month of September.
According to a recent Allstate Foundation study, 49 percent of teen drivers admit to being extremely distracted by texting while driving.
"If you text while driving, you are 23 times more likely to crash," said Joan Walker, senior vice president of corporate relations at Allstate. "Our young drivers are especially susceptible to this risk due to the pressure to stay in constant contact with friends.
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