When most of us think of Memorial Day weekend, we think of barbecues, fun times with friends, and of course, remembering those who have fallen for our country.
But the long holiday weekend – particularly in Miami where accidents happen all the time - also marks the start of the 100 deadliest days on our roads for teens, who are prolific texters.
That, coupled with the fact that AAA says this Memorial Day weekend will be the busiest one for road travel since the recession, is a recipe for disaster. AT&T is using this opportunity to remind all drivers of the dangers of texting while driving.
With more than 200,000 crashes a year involving drivers who are texting, AT&T, through the “It Can Wait” movement, is urging all wireless users to:
- Take the pledge at www.ItCanWait.com to never text while driving and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do the same.
- Use a mobile app, like DriveMode, to curb your temptation to text behind the wheel.
- If you have a teen driver, take advantage of parental controls, such as Smart Limits for Wireless, which allow you to determine when and how your teen will use their device.
- Consider a device like Car Connection, which in addition to letting you know where your vehicle is and how it’s being driven, allows you to limit the use of a mobile device while the vehicle is being driven.
- Watch the thought-provoking documentary “From One Second to the Next,” which tells the stories of people who know the horrors of texting while driving first-hand.
- Get involved with the It Can Wait movement and educate others in your community and workplace about the dangers of texting while driving. You could just save a life.
According to an AT&T-commissioned poll, 97% of teens said they know texting while driving is dangerous, while 43% admitted to doing it. But perhaps most disturbing is 77% of the teens polled said adults tell them not to text and drive, yet their parents and other adults do it themselves “all the time.”
The message behind the “It Can Wait” movement is simple but crucial: No text, email, web site or video is worth the risk of endangering your life or the lives of others on the road.
Have a great Memorial Day, but if you’re going to text Miamians, do it on Lincoln Rd where there aren’t any cars, guys and gals.