EL PASO - The Texas Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to put down their phones and focus on the road as a part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Talking or texting while behind the wheel of a car happens all too often. That's the reason TxDOT has been spreading the Talk - Text - Crash message on signs along Interstate 10.
"I see a lot of people driving with cell phones, and I've seen too many cases where they were just too close to getting in an accident," said Nestor Saucedo.
TxDOT reported nearly 25 percent of the car crashes in the state last year were because of driver inattention. In 2011 there were over 80,000 car crashes involving driver inattention or cell phone use.
A 2010 city ordinance banned using a cell phone in El Paso unless it's with a hands free device.
El Pasoan Angie Cadenas said she is all too familiar with the dangers of texting and driving.
"I had an accident three years ago when I was texting and I caused an accident because of that," Cadenas said.
She vows to never text behind the wheel again and hopes others pullover if they need to make a call or send a message.