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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Those text messages ‘can wait’ till you pull over!

WirelessED partner AT&T is spending tens of millions of dollars to bring attention to the serious road-safety problem of texting while driving. The company's campaign urges us to stop texting while driving and join with others tomorrow (Sept. 19) to make a lifelong commitment to stop forever. Go to It Can Wait and take the no-texting-and-driving pledge. Share your commitment with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook. A recent survey by the company found that 97% of teens say they know that texting is dangerous, and:
  • 75% of teens surveyed say that texting while driving is “common” among their friends;
  • Almost all teens (89%) expect a reply to a text or email within five minutes or less;
  • And 77% of teens report seeing their parents text while driving.
Technology can help. Ask your own carrier about programs that can block texting in moving vehicles, and check out Consumer Action's 2011 survey of parental controls, including programs to stop teens from texting while driving. After all, no text is worth dying for.