According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, those who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash. And, texting takes your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s driving the length of a football field completely blind.
I recently had the chance to watch this eye-opening documentary on texting while driving. Then I took out my cellphone, opened up my text messages and read the last text message out loud. Would reading or responding to that text message from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle be worth the risk of getting into a car accident or worse? Chances are, the text message could wait. It’s hard to think of it that way, especially when at the time, you are curious to what the text message says. It can most likely wait. I’ve teamed up with AT&T, as they sponsor this content so we can share the information below about this campaign.
If you’re an AT&T customer, download the AT&T DriveMode app and share your experience and encourage your community to to do the same if you find it useful in lessening distractions behind the wheel. It is available in the Appstore, for Blackberry and Android phones. See more here.
AT&T wants you to take the pledge to not text while driving. AT&T will honor those taking the pledge by contributing to non-profit organizations focused on youth safety. You can take the pledge and share it with your friends on the AT&T Facebook Pledge Page.