I think texting or using the phone is a terrible thing to do. It’s illegal in some states, it’s illegal in my state yet I see EVERYONE still doing it. WHY? Why would you use your phone while driving without using the hands free set? Since 2009, AT&T has made a proactive push with its “Texting & Driving … It Can Wait” program, and with good reason. Texting and driving is more than a problem. It’s a national epidemic according to U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood.
As one of the largest telecommunications providers in the world, AT&T recognized the problem and created their own initiative—It Can Wait. The It Can Wait movement focuses on educating the public–especially teens–on the dangers of texting and driving in order to save lives.
In a recent survey conducted by AT&T, teens weren’t the only ones behaving badly behind the wheel; instead it was those commuting to and from work. The findings found:
· Nearly half of commuters (49 percent) admitted to texting while driving, a higher rate than reported by teens (43 percent).
· They are doing so more than they used to. Six in 10 commuters said they never texted while driving three years ago.
· Texting while driving despite knowing the risks. 98% said sending a text or email while driving isn’t safe.
· For many, it has become a habit. More than 40% of those who admitted to texting while driving called it a habit.
AT&T is calling on employers to help end texting while driving and move their employees beyond being aware of the danger to making a personal commitment not to text and drive.