Distracted Driving, Texting and Driving

Texting while driving – bad for teens, bad for adults…..

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Texting While Driving – No text message is worth the damage it causes

It isn’t easy to text while you drive – you have to take your hands off the steering wheel, your eyes off the road, and your concentration away from where you are going. Texting is considered the most dangerous form of distracted driving. Statistically, a driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash if texting while driving. The bottom line:  no text message is worth the damages it can cause. Don’t believe it?  Take the “it Can Wait” texting and driving simulator athttp://www.itcanwaitsimulator.org/simulator.html to experience first hand how you react to conditions presented to a drive while texting.

Teenagers are notorious for texting – it is their lifeline to their friends and the outside world. A recent teen driver survey found that 97% say texting while driving is dangerous.  But adults, too, need to be reminded of the dangers of dangerous driving.  In ATT’s “It Can Wait” campaign, over 1,000 adults were surveyed about texting while driving.  Nearly half (49%) admitted to texting while they were driving, with about 43% of adults calling it a “habit.” Of the adults who admitted to texting while driving, the majority claimed they knew that it was wrong and dangerous, but did it anyway. The study concluded concluded that if parents do not have a rule against texting while driving and/or do it themselves, their young adult is more likely to drive distracted.

ATT has published a fact sheet on texting while driving, and has spearheaded a campaign against texting while driving.  Join the conversation at #itcanwait. View the It Can Wait YouTube channel for texting while driving videos.

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