This is a compensated post for my participation in the It Can Wait Campaign.
You would think that since it’s illegal to text while you are driving that people would stop doing it right? Then I’m reminded that it’s not illegal in all states, in some states it’s only illegal to text while driving in school zones and I’m sure there are states out there that don’t have any rules about it yet. Even I will admit that I don’t always wait, that sound your phone makes when you get in incoming message has quite the mental effect, who is it, what is it, I have to see if it’s urgent. Well, I’m here to tell you that It Can Wait, and all about the It Can Wait program.
The It Can Wait campaign is to educate all wireless users on the risks of texting while driving. AT&T is committed to putting an end to this dangerous behavior and the message is simple, yet vital: When it comes to texting and driving, It Can Wait®. For the first time ever, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint have joined in the cause.
“Texting while driving is a deadly habit that makes you 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash,” said AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson. “Awareness of the dangers of texting and driving has increased, but people are still doing it. With this expanded effort, we hope to change behavior. Together, we can help save lives.”
Yesterday and continuing through the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers ending Sept. 3, It Can Wait advocates will contribute to a social media campaign delivering daily reasons why texting and driving can wait. The messages with pictures and personal accounts will be shared on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and ItCanWait.com. I urge you to take the pledge to keep the roads safer by waiting. I’m taking the pledge to leave my phone in my pocket while driving and using the technology that’s available to keep my hands free and on the wheel. I’m sure all of the cell providers have programs that keep you from texting and some cars have those apps as well.
AT&T DriveMode®: A mobile application offered for free for Android™ and BlackBerry® smartphone customers, designed to curb texting and driving.*
– The app provides a customizable auto-reply message that users’ friends and family receive if they send an SMS or MMS text or email, notifying them that the user is driving and will respond when it is safe.
Visit Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and ItCanWait.com. to stay on top of the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers and remind them to leave their phone alone while driving, and you might need to remind yourself too, I know I do!