With the number of casualties nationally on the rise due to distracted driving, the law firm of Trantolo & Trantolo are partnering up with WFSB-3 and the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association to encourage families to take the I-PROMISE pledge, an educational campaign that informs Connecticut drivers of the dangers of texting and talking on cell phones while driving. Statistics indicate over 6,000 deaths were reported across the country due to distracted driving and Trantolo & Trantolo are determined to reduce that number by bringing awareness to the hazards of driving while distracted.

With more electronic devices in the hands of drivers the risk of accidents is on the rise and with the help of WFSB-3 and the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association the goal of the I-PROMISE campaign is to save lives and reduce injuries by making more drivers aware of how dangerous it is to drive while texting or talking on a cell phone.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that fatal car crashes due to distracted driving has increased from 8% in 2004 to 11% in 2008. As more smart phones are introduced to the consumer market more drivers are tempted to use these devices while driving including texting, making calls and even using the internet. Every time a driver takes their eyes off the road to look at a smart phone screen the chance for an accident increases. The I-PROMISE pledge was started to educate Connecticut families about this danger and to take the following pledge:

• I-PROMISE not to drive distracted
• I-PROMISE not to text while driving
• I-PROMISE to keep my hands on the wheel
• I-PROMISE to keep my eyes on the road

The law firm of Trantolo & Trantolo handles many car accident cases a year and has seen firsthand the consequences of driving while distracted. Vincent Trantolo, president and CEO of the firm said, “Distracted driving is the cause of thousands of preventable injuries each year and has cost many families the life of a loved one. We see the victims of this tragic epidemic every day”. With the help of WFSB-3 and the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, Trantolo & Trantolo hope that the awareness raised by the I-PROMISE campaign will significantly reduce distracted driving in Connecticut and make the roads safe for all drivers.