The City of Amarillo Municipal Court is taking another approach to stop distracted driving.

This week is Municipal Court Week, running until November 11th.  During that time staff at the court will be asking the public to sign a pledge to drive phone-free.

Citing an increase in traffic accidents  because of distracted driving the court is taking the step to raise awareness of exactly how dangerous it is to drive while using your phone.

The Texas Municipal Courts and the Texas Department of Transportation has released some sobering numbers related to driving while distracted.  Using a cell phone while driving, even if it is hands free increases the chances of being involved in an accident by 400%.  Delays in reaction time is equivalent to the driver having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent.

Everyone who takes the pledge will get a pledge reminder, sticker, and pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution and also be entered into a drawing for a gift basket.