My husband is a firefighter and I suppose even before I married him I was a bit of a safety nut. Perhaps it’s because of this that I love to champion businesses that are doing good. I’ve written about this program before, but I want to remind you again about the fabulous program sponsored by AT&T. It’s the “It Can Wait” campaign.
No, it’s not about losing your virginity, it’s about distracted driving. It’s about making driving your focus, not who’s on Facebook or who’s texting to see where you are.
I think we sometimes get so complacent behind the wheel with eating, drinking, switching the radio, tending to the kids…we forget we’re driving a deadly weapon. One distracted second and we can plow into an innocent person. Can wreak so much havoc. Can kill. All because we couldn’t do the one job required of us at that moment – to drive safely.
AT&T wants people to Take the Pledge to NEVER Text and Drive – by taking the pledge, you agree you won’t text message, email, surf the web, watch a video, etc., while you’re driving. Ever. Why? Because drivers are 23 times more likely to get into a wreck when they’re distracted. Notice I didn’t say “accident?” That’s because it’s no accident when someone makes the decision to put a text over someone else’s life.
Want some help in the texting and driving issue? There’s a fantastic device called the Scosche CellControl Safe Driving System. It works on any car manufactured after 1996 and with over 1,200 cellphones. It disables the cellphone from being able to text, access the Internet (including emails), make or take calls, run apps, and more while the car is in motion while still allowing access to the user’s music library applications. But the best feature is that if you have a compatible Android, Blackberry or Windows Mobile phone, the system will warn you if it’s tampered with or removed.
As parents with former teenagers, we’d have loved to have had this device available to us. At just under $75 (regularly $99) from the AT&T website, it’s an inexpensive product that provides peace of mind for any parent of a teen or spouse of a text-addicted driver.
There isn’t a Text Worth Dying Over
Tell your family, your friends, your kids….stop the distracted driving. There isn’t a tweet, a text, or a viral video that’s worth dying over or worse, killing over. If they won’t listen, share the video below with them. Then visit the It Can Wait websitefor a texting and driving simulator and other tools to show them the importance of stopping their destructive behavior.