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Forgiving family launches 'Text Less Live More' campaign in honor of daughter

This week a national awareness campaign will be held in honor of 18-year-old Merritt Levitan, encouraging teens to put down their cell phones for one day.
Sarah Sanders Petersen, Deseret News Modified: July 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm •  Published: July 2, 2014
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This week a national awareness campaign will be held in honor of 18-year-old Merritt Levitan, encouraging teens to put down their cell phones for one day.

"Our goal is to decrease excessive phone use and encourage people to disconnect from the virtual world and reattach themselves to the real world," the Merritt's Way website states.

"Hopefully, our practice of 'disconnecting' will translate to more substantial real-world relationships and also prevent dangerous habits like texting and driving."

One year ago this week, Levitan was on a 3,000-mile cross-country bicycle trip in Arkansas when she, along with several others, were struck from behind by a distracted driver who was texting on his phone, according to "Good Morning, America."

Levitan died of brain injuries at a medical center in Tennessee one day later, on July 3, 2013.

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