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Oregon dad campaigns against teen texting and driving: 'DON'T TXT+DRV!'

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Photo: Bruce Berg Photo: Bruce Berg
Photo: Bruce Berg Photo: Bruce Berg
SPRINGFIELD, OR (AP) -

A Springfield father is campaigning to keep teenagers off their phones while they are behind the wheel with a series of billboards around the city.

The Register-Guard in Eugene reports that 61-year-old Bruce Berg began asking businesses to donate $500 per billboard three years ago. This year he persuaded the Lane Transit District to display his anti-texting posters for no charge.

The commercial photographer uses senior portraits of high school students and the words "PLZ JOIN US. DON'T TXT + DRV!" to remind other students to wait to send messages.

Federal data shows that in 2013 more than 3,100 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers, which includes texting, talking on the phone, eating and reading. Of those incidents, teens represented 10 percent of distracted drivers.

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