Make a Personal Commitment to End Texting While Driving

A 2014 survey conducted by AT&T and published by the Associated Press, http://bigstory.ap.org/article/f0a3c833e38340e9a14ebee412b6fc37/survey-finds-people-text-and-drive-knowing-dangers revealed that more Americans from all age groups are STILL texting and driving despite numerous public service campaigns making drivers aware of the dangers.

We all know the danger of texting and driving. The survey showed that 98% of the respondents stated they knew of the dangers of texting while driving, however a shocking two-thirds reported that they will still read texts while driving and over 25% self-reported they typed out texts while their car was in motion.

The AT&T respondents were aged 16 to 65 years of age. Clearly texting while driving is not just a "teenage driving" problem.

When asked why the participants texted while driving, answers varied. Many reported that they don't believe that texting affects their driving abilities in a negative way.

A 2013 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey finds 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones at any given daylight moment in America. The numbers decrease during nighttime hours, but the volume of people typing or reading from the cell phones while driving is alarming.http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/NHTSA+Survey+Finds+660,000+Drivers+Using+Cell+Phones+or+Manipulating+Electronic+Devices+While+Driving+At+Any+Given+Daylight+Moment

What can we do to stop texting and driving? AT&T and the NHTSA suggest making a personal commitment to yourself and then inform your family and friends of your commitment. Encourage your loved ones to join your commitment. Let as many people possible know that NO TEXT IS WORTH A SINGLE LIFE.

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