A Simple Request from a Mom to Her Community
For the past two years I’ve worked with AT&T on their It Can Wait campaign urging people to take the pledge not to text and drive. I consider this one of the most important projects I’ve ever worked on. I’ve learned a great deal during this time, like the fact that more adults drive distracted than kids when it comes to talking on the phone. Teens still text and drive more than parents.
When I’m out with friends talking about this campaign, invariably each of them relates a story of a distracted driving tragedy they’ve either heard about or has personally touched their family. Many of them say that they’re annoyed when they see someone texting or talking on the phone while driving. They’ll talk about how they saw someone swerving on the road and knew immediately that they were doing it and wanted to scream at the person. But then, some will say that while they’d never text and drive, they only check their phone while sitting at a red light. Or they’ll quietly admit that every now and then they’ll take a call in the car because it’s their son or daughter calling but it’s always hands-free or on Blue Tooth.
These are all good and kind people –Little League coaches, PTA volunteers, class moms and others who care desperately for children. They’re also teens who are on the honor roll, the star athlete and the peer to peer mentor. Yet, in the one second that they sit at a red light, check their text, look up and put their foot on the accelerator when the light turns green they can lose everything. Not only lose everything but forever live with the guilt that they killed someone or critically injured them.
So here’s my request to my friends, my community members and everyone else who might run across my blog – PLEASE DON’T LOOK AT YOUR PHONE AT ANY TIME WHEN YOU’RE BEHIND THE WHEEL. One of my children might happen to be crossing the parking lot at Stop & Shop in town. Or one of their good friends might be on their bicycle trying to get across the street before the light turns green.
I know that you think that it won’t happen to you but it can. Just ask the family in our nearby town whose 16 year-old daughter struck and killed and young father who happened to be out for a morning run and never made it home.
If you live in Fairfield County, CT I invite you to join me on September 19th from 7-9P at Trackside in Wilton, CT for the screening of a new 30 minute documentary on the devastating results of texting and driving followed by a panel discussion with a victim who lived to tell her story, an EMT who has seen far too much and myself. You’ll also get to try out a distracted driving simulator to see how slow your reaction time really becomes. And I’ll ask you to sign the No Text & Drive pledge. We’ll be giving away T-Shirts and pizza will be served.
You can RSVP HERE.
If you’re not in this area, please watch the following documentary that was created by acclaimed director Werner Herzog for AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign.
Also, please take a moment and download the AT&T app that will prevent you from making or receiving texts or calls while you’re driving. It Can Wait!