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For months I’ve been talking about AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign. You’ve probably heard some of their PSAs and seen the logo all over. Well, it’s all led up to today – the day that we’re trying to get everyone to go online and take the pledge not to text and drive. Today is Drive4Pledges Day and there are events going on all over the country, just like the one I’m hosting tonight in Wilton, CT where I’ll screen the powerful documentary One Second to the Next that shows the devastating consequences of texting and driving.
If you’re not in this area, you can view the documentary online on the It Can Wait site where you can also take the pledge. Take a minute to read some of the reasons people have taken the pledge.
- A guy whose sister died the day before her wedding due to a driver who was texting.
- The mom whose teen-age son is now a parapalegic because of a texting driver.
- The young man who killed someone because he was texting and driving and is living with the guilt and regret for the rest of his life.
The title One Second to the Next is so appropriate – imagine leaving your house to run a quick errand – to the library, to the grocery store or pick up your child from a playdate. Something you do every day. And then you get a text from your husband, asking where you are. It’s just a quick text – it will take only a second to answer with a quick three word reply. But in that split second you look down to hit “send,” a child rides his bicycle out of his driveway, seemingly out of nowhere, and you’ve hit him. And in that split second, your life has changed forever. Not only your life, but the lives of both families.
PLEASE DON’T LET THAT BE YOU!
And yes, I’m addressing parents because a survey that AT&T did showed that 77% of teens said that their parents constantly tell them not to text and drive but do it themselves “all the time.”
It’s a hard habit to break, I know. But texting and driving has become a life-threatening epidemic.
Go online and take the pledge but also help spread the word to everyone! Here’s a tweet I would ask everyone to send out:
Join #ItCanWait and @ATT for Drive4Pledges Day! Take the pledge to never text and drive again at ItCanWait.com.
Add an It Can Wait Twibbon to your social media avatars to show your support: twibbon.com/Support/It-Can-Wait