Did you know that drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be in a car crash? As parents, it’s our job to put the phone down while we are driving and set the example. Not only does it ensure that we are providing a safer ride for our children, but it also helps our kids learn safe behaviors. It also helps ensure other drivers we share the road with are safer too. Of the teens AT&T talked to for a survey on teens and driving, 77% said their parents text while driving.
And texting while driving is as dangerous as drinking and driving. It’s like driving down the road with your eyes closed for 5 or 10 seconds or more at times – driving blindly in a recipe for disaster.
That’s exactly why AT&T has launched their “It can Wait” campaign to encourage people NOT to text while driving. There is no message so important that it can’t wait if you’re behind the wheel driving. AT&T is asking everyone to join them on September 19, 2012 for a “No Text on Board – Pledge Day” and we’re joining them in this worthy effort.
There are plenty of reasons not to text while driving:
- It’s distracting
- You could have an accident and hurt yourself
- You could cause injury to your child
- You could hurt someone else on the road (or worse)
- Your life is more valuable
- You are a mom
- There are already too many distractions when driving
- It’s illegal!
Whatever the reason, it is important and we want to know “why it can wait” from your perspective.
Enter our Contest
We’re inviting our readers to leave a comment telling us “why texting while driving can wait”. Each entrant will be entered in a contest to receive an awesome Plantronics BackBeat GO – Bluetooth Stereo Headphone valued at $99.
Not only will you win a prize, but your comment may be the one that saves someone else from texting and driving – and causing an accident or worse.
We’ll post all of the comments we receive on a post here on Richmondmom.com on September 17, 2012. This will help encourage others to put down their phones while driving too. (The video below is difficult to watch, but it carries a vital message for all of us. A simple text message of “LOL” caused the death of someone hit by the person texting.)
Here’s how to enter:
- Visit the AT&T website and sign the pledge to promise not to text while driving.
- Then, click here to enter our contest and leave your comment.
We’ll post all comments and we’ll select a winner to receive the prize in a random drawing and announce it when the article is published. Be sure and take the pledge and PLEASE……forward this article to everyone you know and share it with your children. You may save a life.
About the Prize:
Plantronics BackBeat® GO wireless earbuds – incredibly small, amazingly light. No wires, no hassle, no compromise. Easily slips into your pocket, but still packs full‐on stereo sound. So you can listen to music, chat with friends, or watch movies on your tablet. Even play games on the go. And Bluetooth technology makes it a snap to connect wirelessly. Comfort? No problem. There are three sizes of cushioned eartips and two stabilizers for a secure, comfortable fit. Incoming call? Inline controls let you pause music to take a call, change volume, or skip tracks. Great sound in a small package. BackBeat GO. Get Going.
- Ultralight wireless stereo earbuds
- Compact design goes anywhere
- Flat, tangle‐free cable
- Sound‐isolating buds for rich stereo sound
- Up to 4.5 hours of listening / talk time
- Perfect for smartphones and tablets
- Digital noise reduction for clear calls
- S, M, L eartips and stabilizers for a stable fit
- Inline controls for calls and music
- Onscreen battery meter