Chafee to launch plan to curb distracted driving


Rhode Island is launching a new program to reduce the number of distracted drivers on the roadways.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, House Speaker Gordon Fox and the Rhode Island Association of Justice plan to unveil on Wednesday an educational initiative for new drivers that aims to stress the dangers of engaging in distracting behaviors while driving.

The state recently began another new program that asks students and teachers at Rhode Island high schools to sign a pledge not to text while driving.

Officials say 43 percent of teens admit to texting while driving. Many say their parents set a bad example by doing the same.

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