It Can Wait
Texting while driving is the newest epidemic that is causing car crashes across the US. According to AT&T, more than 100,000 accidents are caused by texting drivers annually. And the numbers are rising. To counter this disturbing new trend, AT&T has partnered with Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and more than 200 other companies to launch its “It Can Wait” campaign, which urges drivers to avoid texting while driving.
While the campaign was specifically designed to run from Memorial Day through Labor Day (the deadliest 100 days of the year for teenage drivers), September 19 will mark the “It Can Wait” day of action. Followers of the campaign are encouraged to spread the word on the dangers of texting and driving on September 19th, and collect pledges from drivers that they will not text and drive.
Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers encourages all of its clients to sign the pledge and speak with their friends, family and loved ones about the dangers of texting while driving. Below are a few statistics on texting and driving from AT&T and the “It Can Wait” webpage.
- Nearly half of all teenagers (43%) text while driving, even though 97% of the teenagers surveyed know that texting while driving is dangerous.
- Around 75% of teens say that they have friends who text and drive.
- 49% of drivers admit to texting while driving.
- More than 40% of those who admitted to texting and driving claim that they do so habitually.
You can learn more about the campaign and sign the pledge here: http://www.itcanwait.com
Or watch this moving documentary by Werner Herzog on texting and driving: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqFkRwdFZ0