On October 1st, 2013 Florida will finally ban texting and driving. This also includes emailing, if anyone is questioning if sending a quick email will count.
Nearly half of all adult commuters and 43% of teens admit to texting while driving, despite high awareness of the risks. These people will need to put those mobile devices away. It is that simple.
A movement is accomplished through the voices and actions of many. That is why four national wireless service providers, spearheading the It Can Wait campaign, are urging people to share their commitment to never text and drive with others on Drive 4 Pledges Day, September 19.
Individuals can now sign up at ItCanWait.com to get resources that will help them share their commitment on social media and personalize the movement on the streets of their communities on key activation days. Aspiring to create a social stigma around this dangerous habit of texting while driving, Drive 4 Pledges Day will focus on getting individuals involved in taking the pledge to never text and drive while encouraging others in their community to do the same. These individuals will join AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Inc., Verizon and more than 200 other organizations by sharing their commitment not to text and drive while increasing awareness of the dangers.
"Texting while driving claims too many lives, and raising awareness of this completely preventable tragedy is key to saving them,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. “We’ve seen success before through our seatbelts and our drunk driving campaigns, and I both applaud the It Can Wait campaign for its efforts to raise awareness and encourage everyone to make a commitment on Drive 4 Pledges Day to drive focused and distraction-free."
In fact, a ConnectSafely.org survey found that individuals who speak up can have a profound impact, particularly on teens.
· 78% of teen drivers say they’re likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it's wrong or stupid.
· 90% say they’d stop if a friend in the car asked them to.
· 93% would stop if a parent in the car asked them to.
· 44% say that they would be thankful if a passenger complained about their texting while driving.
The It Can Wait movement is making a difference. One-in-three people who’ve seen the texting while driving message say they’ve changed their driving habits, the campaign has inspired more than 2.5 million pledges never to text and drive and the recently launched "From One Second To The Next" documentary has received more than 2 million views since Aug. 8. To take the pledge and get more information, visit www.ItCanWait.com.
Watch the documentary preview on the sidebar.
There is no reason to wait for October. Don't text and drive starting today. It is that simple. The life you save could be your own.
Remember parents, you are your child's role model. If they are watching you texting and driving, chances are high they will mimic that behavior. There is no text worth dying for.