When I look at my children playing and think about how fleeting their childhood is, a wave of sadness washes over me. But that is nothing compared to what parents who have lost a child experience. All too often, children are taken away far too soon due to an accident involving a driver and their smartphone. And I'm not just talking about small children...Each and every person is someone's child, no matter how old they are. There is someone out there who will be devastated by that loss. No photo, email, post, video, text or internet search is worth someone's life.
We're so thankful to AT&T for their It Can Wait campaign...because really...IT CAN WAIT! I can't tell you how many times I've seen a driver do something dangerous on the road because they're fiddling with their smartphone. I've become so much more aware of it since I became a mother. My biggest goal in life is to keep my family safe and to think that there is someone on the road putting their lives in danger, when they're in the car or playing out there in our community, because they've been distracted by their smartphone is beyond sobering. One little moment can change everything...forever.
Just take a look at these shocking statistics...
- 62% keep their smartphones within easy reach while driving (In their hand, lap or cup holder, or on the passenger seat or dash.)
- 30% of people who post to Twitter while driving do it “all the time.”
- 22% who access social networks while driving cite addiction as a reason.
- Of those who shoot videos behind the wheel, 27% think they can do it safely while driving.
Now don't you want to tell everyone you know that it can wait?!? I know I do! You can bet I'll be shouting this message from the rooftops...For more information on this important campaign, visit www.ItCanWait.comfollow and make your pledge to stop distracted driving.
And many congrats to Wendy R. for winning our AT&T gift pack giveaway!
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*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Research commissioned by AT&T and conducted by Braun Research. Polled 2,067 people in the U.S. aged 16-65 who use their smartphone and drive at least once a day.