Remember last week when we shared the startling news of the ridiculous things smartphone users are doing behind the wheel? New research from AT&T shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media, video chats and more while driving on the road! That’s not all that users are doing from behind the wheel. AT&T has put together an infographic detailing some of the craziest things that users have admitted to doing behind the wheel. How many of these distracted driving moments can you admit to?
In order to join the fight against distracted driving, I’ve become dedicated to spreading the word about the dangers of texting, snapping selfies, checking Facebook and Twitter from behind the wheel – No smartphone distraction is worth a terrible accident, or worse – losing a life.
DivasandDorks.com has teamed up with AT&T to help spread the #ItCanWait message against distracted driving and give away an amazing prize pack which includes a Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, selfie stick, Beats By Dre Pill and more (EST value: $1000). We had close over 500 entries for the contest with many readers sharing their pledge against distracted driving on Twitter and Instagram – but there can be only one winner…
The winner is….
Stay tuned of more awesome giveaways and help spread the message that when it comes to using your smartphone while on the road, “No text, tweet or video is worth a life” – It Can Wait!
This sponsored post & giveaway is brought to you by AT&T – It Can Wait and Distracted Driving.
Over the summer, we’ve urged our readers to re-evaluate their act of texting while driving. Months ago, many of you learned about the dangers of texting while driving and the devastating aftermath that one moment of bad judgement can cause. Here’s a roundup highlighting this summer’s #ITCANWAIT campaign:
May 28th 2013 – Texting While Driving Causes “100 Deadliest Days” #ItCanWait
August 12th – Think Before You Send That Next Text… #ItCanWait
On Sept. 19, It Can Wait, cell phone carriers and advocates will team up to take the movement to the next level. Join us on this nationwide day of action and help us encourage every driver to make a personal commitment not to text and drive – and recruit others to do the same. Today is National Drive 4 Pledges Day and on this day, we’re asking friends, readers and supporters to spread the word in three easy steps.
1. Join the cause and spread the word. (It could save a life!) Join #ItCanWait and @ATT for Drive 4 Pledges Day! Take the pledge to never text and drive again at ItCanWait.com.
2. Show your support by updating your avitar for the day. Add an It Can Wait Twibbon to your social media avatars to show your support via twibbon.com/Support/It-Can-Wait
3. Lend a hand on INSTAGRAM. Get on Instagram to share the It Can Wait message by writing #ItCanWait on your hand and sharing the photo along with why you’re taking a stand against texting and driving.
That’s it! In seconds your voice can become a powerful tool to shedding light on a too common issue that’s killing people everyday.
The numbers don’t lie: Texting and driving is a life-threatening epidemic.
- Texting and driving makes you 23 times more likely to be in an accident
- More than 100,000 texting-related accidents every year result in injuries or deaths
- 90% of teens say they’d stop texting and driving if a friend in the car simply asked them
- 97% of teen drivers agree that texting and driving is dangerous
- 75% of teens say that texting and driving is common among their friends
- 43% of teens admit to texting and driving
- 49% of adult commuters admit to texting and driving
- 77% of teens say that adults tell them not to text and drive, but do it themselves “all the time”
If you can convince one person to take the pledge and they can convince another, this epidemic can easily be eradicated — but it starts with you! Take the pledge and join the #ITCANWAIT movement today!
This post has been sponsored in part by the “IT CAN WAIT” program which focuses on educating people – especially teens – about the dangers of texting and driving. The message is simple, yet vital: When it comes to texting and driving, it can wait. For more information visit ItCanWait.com.
Did you know that more and more automobile crashes & fatalities are caused by texting while driving? Even more than drunk driving and freak accidents COMBINED. The majority of all texting while driving mishaps are made by young adults and teens. That’s why AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint have joined forces to battle against “texting while driving” during the “100 Deadliest Days” this summer. May until September, is projected to have the most texting while driving related accidents than any other time of year and DivasandDorks.com wants you to spread the word, take the pledge & stand up against the dangers of texting while driving.
Those who read and send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash. That’s why we’re committed to putting an end to texting and driving. We’re focused on educating everyone on the dangers of texting while driving. Our goal is to save lives and make texting and driving as unacceptable as drinking and driving because no text is worth dying for.
Texting while driving is an epidemic, and it’s not isolated to teen drivers. It affects adults as well. A recent survey shows business commuters know texting while driving is unsafe, but they still engage in these behaviors. In fact, they are texting and driving more than they used to.
- Six in 10 commuters said they never texted while driving three years ago. Nearly half of commuters admit to texting while driving, which is more than teens.
- 49 percent of commuters self-report texting while driving, compared to 43 percent2 of teens.
Despite knowing the riskss, 98 percent said sending a text or email while driving isn’t safe.
For many, it has become a habit. More than 40 percent of those who admitted to texting while driving called it a habit.
All summer long, we’ll be sharing apps, tips, infographics and tricks to help you resist the urge of texting while driving and ways to urge others that when it comes to texting while driving, “It Can Wait.”
Often we see this happen and not make much of it. I can’t do it, even if I tried (so I don’t try). “What’s the hurry?” is what I often ask myself when I see people texting and driving. It can wait! I can barely text and walk.
We might in a hurry to contact someone to pick us up, or to get some last minute things for our Super Bowl party. It’s fine if you’re at home or in the office; but if you’re driving; IT CAN WAIT!
We often think that our text messages are so important and they cannot wait to be delivered. At Divas and Dorks we want to stress the importance of waiting to text. Not only are you endangering yourself while texting and driving; you are endangering the lives of others who are being cautious. It is unfair to them as well.
While there are only 10 states with laws that prohibit all cell phone use while driving and 39 states prohibit text messaging while driving; you can take matters into your own hands.
We encourage you to take the pledge and join the “It Can Wait” team with AT&T. So what does the pledge entail:
“No text message, email, website, or video is worth the risk of endangering my life or the lives of others on the road I pledge never to text and drive and will take action to educate others about the dangers of texting while driving. No Text Is Worth The Risk. It Can Wait. “
Here are some stats that might encourage you to take the pledge:
1. Texting while driving causes 11 teen deaths daily.
2. Teens say that texting and driving is common among their friends.
Encourage your friends and family to do so as well. Text messaging has gone up steadily in the last five years. We were driving fine without texting before. If the message is so important; pull over. It’s not fair to others driving safely.