The NPG Group of stations here in Central Oregon – including News Channel 21, Fox Central Oregon, Central Oregon’s CW and Telemundo – are partnering with critical first responders, the Bend Police and Fire Departments and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department, to launch a community wide campaign called TXT L8R. In cooperation with our TXT L8R sponsors we hope to get the message out and make a difference in our community using the powerful combination of television, web, mobile and social media.

  • • At any given moment, an estimated 800,000+ Americans are texting or making calls while driving, adults as well as teens
  • • 4 out of 5 accidents (80%) are attributed to distracted drivers. In contrast, drunk drivers account for 1 out of 3 accidents (33%)
  • • People who text while driving are 23% more likely to be in a car accident

TXT L8R Campaign Goal:
  • • Reduce the number of FATALITIES and ACCIDENTS caused by distracted drivers in Central Oregon
  • • Create awareness about the dangers of texting while driving
  • • Challenge Central Oregon drivers to put down their phones and TXT L8R


Pledge participants receive a free “I Took the Pledge” bumper sticker. Stick it on and do your part to improve the safety of Central Oregon roads.

Stop by any of the sponsors below or the KTVZ studios at 62990 OB Riley Rd for your free “I took the pledge” decal. Thank you!

TXT L8R Local Headlines

Crash drill drives home message

Crash drill drives home message

It only takes a moment to read or send a text -- and that moment could prove deadly, NewsChannel 21's Alicia Inns reports -- and Grace Joyal previewed her special report on distracted driving that airs Thursday.

OSP targets Bend-area distracted drivers

During April, the Oregon State Police is joining law enforcement and traffic safety partners to increase awareness and save lives during national "Distracted Driving Awareness" month -- including special enforcement patrols on Bend-area state highways April 10-15.

ODOT safety effort focus: Children, texting

Pickups rock and roll ODOT billboard


Oregonians are buckling up at their highest rate ever: more than 98 percent of Oregon's motoring public uses safety belts. Unfortunately, that leaves a percentage of people who don't buckle up – and who are twice as likely as belted occupants to die if the vehicle they are in crashes.

OSP cites phone-distracted driver in I-84 crash

I-84 crash tied to cellphone

Oregon State Police

Two people were injured and a Sherwood woman got a hefty ticket Wednesday after she crashed on Interstate 84 in northeast Oregon while using her cellphone, Oregon State Police reported.

Some Oregon driver laws set to change Jan. 1

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Several new laws going into effect Jan. 1 are aimed at increasing safety on Oregon roads, in various ways. One increases the fine for using a handheld mobile device while driving, while another makes it illegal to smoke in a vehicle where children are present.

TXT L8R: NY imposes tough texting law

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo signs law toughening penalties for drivers caught texting behind the wheel.


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