Gov. Dannel P. Malloy last week joined a group of state officials at a news conference in Hartford to launch a campaign raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

The governor proclaimed Sept. 19 “Don’t Text and Drive Day” in the State of Connecticut. Also participating were Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Attorney General George Jepsen, Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker, Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Melody Currey, Travelers Chief Customer Officer Henry Edinger, and AT&T Connecticut President John Emra.

Every day should be “don’t text and drive day.”

We urge residents to put their phones away when they get behind the wheel and focus on driving and driving alone.