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Texas continues campaign against distracted driving

If you drive north of Houston for about four hours, you will come to Richardson. The comfortable Dallas suburb is the hometown of Jensen Ackles, star of the CW's "Supernatural" series. The actor recently teamed up with the Texas Department of Transportation to shoot a public service announcement about the dangers of distracted driving.

As you know, nearly a year ago, Texas toughened up its effort to reduce distracted driving and the accidents and injuries it causes. It is now illegal to text and drive.

Austin resident Ackles said it's a law that he "couldn't agree with more." In the video PSA, the 30-year-old heartthrob leans against a cherry red pick-up truck and says "There's a lot of scary stuff out there, but you know what's really scary? Distracted drivers."

He adds, with a bit of a Texas twang, Not cool ya'll." The public service announcement is part of the TxDOT's "Heads Up, Texas" campaign.

According to the agency, 19 percent of motor vehicle crashes last year involved distracted driving. Of course, the most common source of distraction is the phone.

The teensafe.com site says driver distraction is now believed to be the cause of 88 percent of all teenage wrecks. The site adds that an average of nine people die each and every day in distracted driving crashes across the nation.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a distracted driver of any age, contact a lawyer experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation to learn about your legal options.

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