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CBS 21 hosting Orange Out with Owen's Foundation

By: CBS 21 Web Staff

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- CBS 21 will partner with Owen's Foundation on Thursday, April 9, to hold a special "Orange Out for Owen" day to help raise awareness of the consequences of distracted driving.

Schools, businesses and viewers are invited to show their support by taking a photo of themselves wearing orange and posting it on the CBS 21 News Facebook page or on Instagram and Twitter with #Orange4Owen or #CBS21orangeout hashtags.

"April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month," said CBS 21 Creative Services Director Brett Freitag. "This is a great time launch our new Drive Safe Central PA program and partner with a special organization like Owen's Foundation to help stop the epidemic of distracted driving. When you hear Owen's tragic story you realize just how important this issue is."

Eight-year-old Owen Cole Brezitski was killed by a distracted driver in 2011 while crossing the street with his family in front of the former Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg.

Owen's Foundation was born out of the tragedy. Owen's favorite color was orange.

CBS 21 will promote this event and the official launch of Drive Safe Central PA on April 9, on-air, online and in the community.

Drive Safe Central PA will focus on raising awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted. It will replace CBS 21's own "No Text Zone," a community initiative to help raise awareness to the dangers of driving while texting.

Through television, web and live events, CBS 21, along with promotional partners Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Capitol Insurance, will continue to ask central Pennsylvanians to take the pledge to not drive distracted. Since the launch of "No Text Zone" in 2013 CBS 21 has collected more than 8,000 pledges.

To take the pledge to not drive distracted, visit CBS21.com or the CBS 21 News Facebook page. To learn more about Owen's Foundation visit orange4owen.com.