Don't Text & Drive...

 

 

Texting And Driving...

 

“Where U At,” “LOL,” “Yeah,” – they’re hardly the most influential phrases in the English language. But for the drivers in a new video released by AT&T as part of its campaign against texting and driving, reading those few little snippets changed their lives; in fact, they ended them.

From the 18-year-old with cap and gown beside her who jumped a median and hit an overpass bridge head-on (she would have graduated the following day), to the story of how one girl’s text contributed to her sister’s flipping her truck into a ditch, the video contains an incredibly powerful message: Yes, texting is as distracting as driving drunk. It takes lives. It only takes a second to lose control.

We urge EVERYONE to watch this video and to see just how one little text message can effect the lives of so many!!!

 



If watching this video affected you like it affected us, please read the government’s research on Distracted Driving as well as the findings from a teen driving survey conducted by Liberty Mutual and Students Against Destructive Decisions. Sign Oprah Winfrey’s No Phone Zone pledge. And talk to your kids.



7 Important Facts About Texting That Could Save Your Life

  1. Texting while driving increases the risk of accident 23.2 times over unimpaired driving.

  2. Texting while driving results in longer response times than even drunken driving. While an unimpaired driver can respond quickly to changes in traffic and begin braking within half a second, a legally drunk driver needs four additional feet to begin braking—and a driver who’s texting needs 70.

  3. In the moments before a crash or near crash, drivers typically spend nearly five seconds looking at their mobile devices—enough time at typical highway speeds to cover more area than the length of a football field.

  4. Though 95 percent of drivers surveyed said texting behind the wheel was unacceptable and unsafe, at least 21 percent admit to doing it anyway.

  5. Especially amongst teens, texting results in erratic driving behavior, like lane weaving and speeding up and down, increasing the likelihood of hurting pedestrians and running into other vehicles.

  6. Texting behind the wheel is generational: 37 percent of drivers 18 to 27 admit to texting while driving, compared to 14 percent of 28 to 44 year olds, and 2 percent of 45 to 60 year olds.

  7. An accident can happen in two to three seconds while texting. 


Play It Safe
 
With dangers like these in mind, what can drivers constantly bombarded by incoming text messages and phone calls do to stay safe while driving?
 
It’s as simple as either muting the sound or turning the phone off every time we climb in our cars. According to the American Automobile Association, doing so can actually decrease the risk of accident due to texting by 50 percent.
 
That means fewer accidents, injuries and deaths—and lower car insurance rates.


 
Resist the Urge
 
At the time of this writing, fourteen states and the District of Columbia have passed laws that make texting while driving illegal. In addition, lawmakers have proposed legislation that would require states to ban this dangerous combination of activities or face the loss of highway funds.
 
Regardless of your state’s stance on the issue, texting while driving just isn’t safe. So take these facts to heart, turn down the volume on your cell phone when you hit the road, and resist the urge to text while driving.
 
It might just save your life; and it could definitely save you from high auto insurance premiums