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ABC7, Oprah team up for 'No Phone Zone Day'

April 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
ABC7 is teaming up with Oprah Winfrey to host a live "No Phone Zone Day" rally in Los Angeles on Friday.Oprah will not be in attendance, though correspondent Lisa Ling will be on hand to take part.

Eyewitness News meteorologist Danny Romero will emcee the rally, which will also feature Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge.

If you would like to be a part of the event, the gates open at 6 a.m. at the John Marshall High School football stadium. The school is located at 3939 Tracy Street, Los Angeles, 90027. You can access the stadium on St. George Street.

The "No Phone Zone" rally, which will feature "American Idol" stars Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta, will kick off at 7 a.m.

This should be great fun and a great reminder to not use your cell phone while you drive. For more information, go to http://oprah.com/NoPhoneZone.

Oprah's "No Phone Zone" campaign is a nationwide effort to honor the lives lost due to distracted driving, to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving and to activate the American public to end the deadly driving habits that killed nearly 6,000 people in 2008.

The campaign includes national No Phone Zone Day, April 30, a national day to raise awareness about distracted driving, held in conjunction with some of the country's preeminent transportation safety organizations.

By signing Oprah's No Phone Zone pledge, drivers agree to make their cars a No Phone Zone in one of the following ways: by not using their phones at all while driving, by agreeing to stop texting and use only hands-free calling, or by just not texting while they drive. Studies show it's safest to not use your phone at all while driving.

As of April 2010, more than 180,000 people from all walks of life have signed the No Phone Zone pledge at Oprah.com. Celebrities who have signed the pledge include Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White; Oscar-winners Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges and Mo'Nique; comedian Jerry Seinfeld; actress and icon Raquel Welch; country music's Lady Antebellum; entertainer and entrepreneur Tyler Perry; actress Betty White; and many more.

You can take the pledge online by visiting Oprah.com or texting NPZ to 30644. Never use the short code when driving.


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