*This post is part of a sponsored series by AT&T
Texting and Driving is a life-threatening epidemic. I have been participating in the #itcanwait campaign with AT&T because I wanted to help get the word out. But it has also given me a great opportunity to educate my family and other parents on the dangers of texting and driving by taking the It Can Wait Pledge. My son will be driving in a year and my twins may only be in 5th grade but it is never too early to educate them.
September 19 (today!) is Drive4Pledges Day so I encourage EVERYONE to take a stand on this day and put an end to texting and driving. Here are numbers to show how texting and driving is a life-threatening epidemic:
- Texting and driving makes you 23 times more likely to be in an accident
- More than 100,000 texting-related accidents every year result in injuries or deaths
- 90% of teens say they’d stop texting and driving if a friend in the car simply asked them
- 97% of teen drivers agree that texting and driving is dangerous
- 75% of teens say that texting and driving is common among their friends
- 43% of teens admit to texting and driving
- 49% of adult commuters admit to texting and driving
- 77% of teens say that adults tell them not to text and drive, but do it themselves “all the time”
Here is how you can help:
- Take the It Can Wait pledge TODAY at http://www.itcanwait.com/.
- Take the simulator test and show others at Texting and Driving Simulator: http://itcanwaitsimulator.org/.
- Parents and educators should not only share information about the dangers of texting and driving with kids but also set up a strategy for themselves! I printed out the ItCanWait Activation kit and had my kids color in the stencil which I display in my car as a reminder.
- Share information on the “From One Second to the Next” documentary. There is a 34 minute version – but here is the 12 minute version:
I am heading to my local health club today with the #itcanwait Texting and Driving Simulator to have club members take the pledge and use the simulator to experience the dangers of texting and driving. I had my teen son use the simulator last night – and every time he took it he failed, which successfully taught him that texting while driving is not only dangerous, it is also life threatening.
Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored series by AT&T