AT&T’s Txtng & Drivng Campaign urges consumers to realize that ‘It Can Wait’. This documentary featuring families affected by texting while behind the wheel is being distributed to educators, government officials, safety organizations and public as part of a educational awareness campaign.
The man who shot the documentary for the company has himself now stopped texting while driving. “The people who shared their stories, were brave and wonderful. We all think we are superhuman and can do almost anything, we rarely consider the consequences of our own actions. This doc won’t change that, but it might help us remember it, hopefully, in at least one area of our lives. Think about the people in this doc who aren’t here to celebrate the holidays because of texting while driving.”
If something is urgent enough to need immediate attention on your phone, pull over to the side of the road or off at the nearest exit. Ask someone in the vehicle with you to type your response. Grab an app that you can simply talk to in order to text FOR you. Use hands-free devices. Most importantly, use some common sense, folks, that’s all AT&T is trying to remind you of.
Don’t let yourself – or anyone else on the road – become a statistic because your phone couldn’t wait.
When Oprah Winfrey speaks, the masses listen. Over the past twenty-odd years, Oprah has used her clout to help perform miracles and affect some major change in the world and how we think. This time, she’s appealing to us to help make already dangerous roads a safer place.
We all know that talking on the phone while you drive is lame. Even if you’re using a hands-free device, your full attention isn’t on the road. It’s not only a problem of having a hand or two busy holding a phone or dialing it. Getting involved in a conversation with someone can end up distracting you just long enough to create dangerous circumstances. Accidents happen in literally the blink of an eye.
Oprah is proposing that we deem our cars as “No Phone Zones.” The pledge was introduced on January 18th. As of today’s date – less than four months later – nearly 300,000 people have pledged to become safer drivers where their phones are concerned.
When signing the pledge, there are three options you can choose from:
I will not text while I am driving
I will not text while driving and will use only handsfree calling if I need to speak on the phone while I am driving.
I will not text or use my phone while I am driving. If I need to use my phone, I will pull over to a secure location.
Actress Nicole Richie signed the pledge today, and then posted to her blog: “I’ve signed Oprah’s No Phone Zone Pledge committing to drive responsibly, and I’m encouraging all of you to do the same. I know it seems difficult, with that tiny blinking red light taunting you, indicating a new and exciting message is waiting to be read, but come on people. Is waiting until you arrive at your destination that hard? Or here’s a crazy idea… pull over to the side of the road to read it.”
I’m going to join Oprah, Nicole and hundreds of thousands of other people in doing my part to create a safer environment. I signed the pledge, and promised to only use my phone when I am not driving. Are you up for the challenge?
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