Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Latina Bloggers Connect and AT&T. However, all opinions are my own.
Did you know that 75% of teens say that texting and driving is common among other teens? I’ve never witnessed anyone I know texting and driving, but if I did, I would tell them it can wait. Texting and driving can be fatal, but too many people ignore it.
According to statistics over 100,000 accidents occur every year as a result of texting and driving. When most people hear about the statistics, many ignore the facts because it doesn’t affect them. However, as parents and teens who share the road it is an issue that does affect all of us.
AT&T has partnered with several champions to bring awareness to the dangers of texting and driving via the It Can Wait website. Since the It Can Wait movement was launch in 2009, more than 2 million pledges have been logged via the website, social sites, facebook and events. The movement has made a difference in saving lives. The website has a lot of resources to help teen drivers and adults understand the risks of texting and driving.
Here are 5 steps parents and teens can take to become safer drivers.
1. Read the stories of real people affected by texting and driving.
2. Watch the videos of people whose lives were changed in an instant. The people in the videos are not actors. The incidents described in the videos really happened. The videos are available in english and spanish.
3. Take the Pledge. Go to www.itcanwait.com and take the no-texting-and-driving pledge and commit to refrain from texting and driving.
5. Spread the word. No text is worth the risk. Take action to educate others about the risks of texting and driving. If you are having a hard time sharing your concerns about texting and driving with friends and/or family, share these resources. It can wait.
I decided to get involved with this campaign because I want to help educate others about the risks of texting and driving. If these resources change one life it will make a difference in the safety of everyone around us. I’m looking forward to standing along side you to make a difference in our communities.
Question: Did you visit the website and take the pledge? Will you share the resources with people you know?