AT&T has officially entered the battle against distracted driving, an epidemic in the U.S. that is claiming the lives of too many Americans every year. In their “It Can Wait” campaign, the phone company urges drivers to just wait until they are no longer driving before they send a text message.
On their campaign website, they prompt readers to take out their cell phones and take a look at the last text message they sent or received. Was it a very important text message? Would it be worth a getting into a potentially fatal auto accident just to have read or sent it? That’s idea behind AT&T’s campaign — most of the texts we send are simply not worth the risk.
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These articles, and more, explain in detail the dangers of texting while driving. They go into statistics related to driver distraction. For example, did you know that sending a text message behind the wheel makes you 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident? Did you know that 2010 saw a 50% increase in the cases of texting while driving? Did you know that up to 100,000 car accidents every year are attributed to texting and driving?
These shocking facts are why it is a good thing for companies like AT&T to take the initiative and spread the word on the dangers of the problem of driver distraction. They have even declared a “no text on board pledge day,” on September 19, which they hope will attract the attention of as many teens as possible. The “no text day” urges teenagers to pledge to not text, email, or search the internet while driving an automobile. To find out more about “no text on board pledge day” visit the main website and pledge now.
Lead by example. If you want your kids to not text while drive, demonstrate to them that you do not text while driving. Polls show that about 77 percent of teenagers have witnessed their mother or father texting while driving. 75 percent of teenagers also say they’ve seen their friends doing it.
If you would like to find out even more about texting while driving and how it has affected the lives of Americans, watch the AT&T-produced texting while driving documentary. It is powerful.