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Mothers Against Texting and Driving

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.

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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.

People who send text messages are 23 times more likely to be in a crash than those who don’t. And 49% of people surveyed admit they do so. Do the math. It is kind if frightening.

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.

it can waitI 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)

Comments

  1. Yep! I totally check my phone at lights. I feel justified because I’m stopped. But it’s really not safe.
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  2. I totally text and check my phone at lights… and I also know even that shouldn’t be done. It’s a bad habit and a bad example for my kids. I need to work on it!!

    Thanks for the reminder!
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  3. I’ve been known to check my phone while driving. Ugh. Sadly, this didn’t start until I got a smart phone about 2 years ago. Before that, I would never check or text while driving. Now I’ve made the excuse that I’m at a light, or my kids aren’t in the car, or whatever. But really? Pretty lame excuses.

    But recently, I was really convicted about the habit. And as I sent a short “OK!” reply text (*gulp* while driving WITH my kids) I wondered “Was that worth it? What if… just what if I had an accident WITH my own kids. Was it worth it?” The answer? A resounding no.

    So, today, when I got into my car after the gym with my three kids in tow and received a text from my friend – I pulled over into the parking lot, responded and then said I couldn’t talk anymore because I needed to drive. It was a small step but I’m undoing this horrible habit I’ve made.

    *Side note* I’ve found that if I put my phone in my purse behind me, I never move it. So that’s my next step – leaving it in my purse. No more keeping it right-next-to-me.
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  4. DeLinn says:

    Wow. I really needed to read this one today. The irony of the situation is that I ‘read’ this as I was at a stoplight with my 3-year old in the back of the van. Ouch. I’d read a few lines, and then with a red face, put my phone down and waited until we got into the Starbuck’s parking lot to finish it.

    I, too, constantly use the talk to text feature–but, I still know that it is distracting and something I should wait to do. I’ve also felt that I’m “OK” because I never type/text while driving, and read things at stoplights…but, I’m really just fooling myself. You’re 100% correct, it can wait.

    I love Sarah’s idea of putting my purse behind me. I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying my phone out to the car and putting it in a cup holder. I’m really not that important that I’m getting emails/texts/calls, like–ever. Thanks for this wake-up call.

  5. It’s SO important, but truly -SO difficult to do. I need to work on this now, as I have a little one who will be driving in a few years.
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