As a Verizon Wireless Ambassador, I’m really excited to share one of their newest initiatives — the It Can Wait campaign. Verizon is partnering with AT&T to raise awareness to the dangers of texting and driving.
Here are just a few facts about texting and driving:
- Drivers who send text messages are 23 times more likely to be in a car crash.
- Of all cell phone related tasks while driving- including talking, dialing or reaching for the phone- texting while driving is the most dangerous.
- In 2010, texting while driving increased 50% in one year and two out of every 10 drivers say they’ve sent text messages or e-mails while behind the wheel — despite the rush by states to ban the practice.
- When drivers read or send a text message, their reaction time is doubled; and when asked to respond to a flashing light while texting behind the wheel, drivers were more than 11 times more likely to miss the light altogether.
I took the pledge against texting and driving at the It Can Wait website — and dedicated my pledge to The Nerd and Andrew. You can take it, too. You can also download an activation kit, with a desktop background, stencil and tips.
Need help keeping that phone out of your hands? The Verizon Safely Go Android App will receive your calls and texts, keeping you connected and responsible, and making you — and the road — safer.
Have you taken the pledge against texting and driving?