This is a sponsored post on behalf of AT&T. It is a cause I have long supported without compensation and all opinions are mine.
When I was in 7th grade my aunt was killed by a drunk driver. I can still picture exactly what I was doing and where I was sitting when my parents told me. It was the first time death had ever affected anyone I loved and the fact that it was so senseless and unfair made it worse. A mom of three boys taken way too soon.
Because of my aunt I was always very outspoken about people drinking and driving. I didn’t need to read stories about what happened when people drunk and drove. I knew.
Sometimes I wonder what it will take to make me not check my phone while I am driving. Because studies show that it impacts our driving much worse than drinking and driving does.
True confession. I check my phone while I am driving. I justify it by saying it is when I am stopped at lights, or that I am using my phone’s talk to text function. But as I drive down the road and watch who many people around me are fiddling with their phones I am pretty confident the roads we drive on are a powder keg waiting to explode.
Memorial Day kicks off the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers. AT&T is standing on the front lines of a nationwide movement to encourage people to not text and drive. I kind of look at them as the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) of texting and driving.
I am so honored to partner with AT&T to promote their It Can Wait campaign. Not only because I fully believe in their message, but because I want to be a person who practices what they preach. I know that there is no text/ email/ phone call that is more important than the precious cargo I carry around in my car day after day.
AT&T will be delivering daily reasons why texting and driving can wait. The messages, pictures and personal accounts will be shared on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and ItCanWait.com. And in an awesome spirit of joining together to fight an important cause, this year Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint are getting involved as well.
You can get involved too. I will be telling you more about different ways in the next few months. But most importantly, you can take the pledge to not text and drive at It Can Wait.
I’ve taken the pledge. Partly because of what I already mentioned. But partly because my kids aren’t yet drivers. And I stand in no position to tell them of the importance of not texting and driving if they aren’t seeing it modeled. And I am a mere 6 1/2 years away from having a teen driver in my house (hold me).
True confession time: Do you check your phone while you drive? (Feel free to judge me harshly for my confession)