It’s a weekday morning and you’re stuck in rush hour traffic. What do you do? You pull out your iPhone. You check your calendar for the appointments you have today… OR you’re on your way to a meeting and running late so you just grab your cell phone to make a quick call… OR you’re driving home from your work day and text your kids some instructions about getting dinner started… OR You’re meeting some friends at a new venue so you plug the address into your navigation system… OR You’re kids are restless, so you browse for some video or activity to occupy them… I could go on and on, right!?!
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Check out these startling statistics from Distraction.gov:
-Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%
-Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted
-Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves
-40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger
-In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an additional 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver
“How can I help”, you asked? Well, AT&T has started a “Texting & Driving… It Can Wait!” campaign. Will you join the 1.2 million drivers who have already done so? Will you put your name on the dotted line; show others that you plan on doing your part to keep the streets safer? It couldn’t be easier, just click HERE!
AT&T is calling on employers to help end texting while driving by taking action during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. They want businesses to join the more than 165 organizations already engaged in the “Texting and Driving. It Can Wait” movement. You may have also seen some of the many riveting TV commercials or magazine ads…
I have to admit, I am very guilty! I have done all of the above… and I was even one of those woman who put on their makeup on their way to work. Bad, real bad, I know! As a mother of 2 I have to say that the distractions are endless… but my desire not to be part of the statistics is even stronger. We need to teach our children by example – Actions are LOUDER than words! We can make a difference, 1 pledge at the time. I DID IT… will YOU join us?!?