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Aug 13

It Can Wait. Don’t Text and Drive… by Jose Marquez

Text messaging is becoming the way many people communicate today, which means some people may be doing it
at the worst possible time – while driving. Those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in some type of safety critical event as compared to those drivers who don’t text while driving, according to a study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
As we see an increase in students and texting  – who are young drivers — are susceptible to texting while driving.
As teachers, advisors and mentors, we have a unique opportunity to lead by example. That’s why I am urging you
to put safety first when you are in the driver’s seat and follow these tips:
• Be Smart. Don’t text and drive. No text message is worth being distracted while you drive.
• Be in control. Remember it’s your phone. You decide if and when to send and read texts so take control.
Consider turning your phone off, setting it to silent or even set it aside before hitting the road.
• Be Caring. Don’t send a text when you know your family member, friend or co-worker is driving.
• Be Focused. Never use your phone to take pictures, send and read messages, record video, or watch TV while
driving.
• Be an Example. Don’t send the wrong signal by texting while you drive. This is especially important if you have a teen driver in the household. Your family and friends will follow your example.
• Be Proactive. Open, print and sign the Personal Pledge (found at www.att.com/textingcanwait) not to text and drive, and encourage your co-workers and friends to do the same.
• Be Aware. If you have teens, some wireless companies offer parents an easy way to manage their teen’s phone functionality, such as the time of day the phone can be used for messaging, Web browsing or outbound calling.
However, 911 calls are always allowed and parents can also set up “allowed numbers” that the teens can call as parents or others deem appropriate.
Watch this video A family explains the loss of a loved one due to reading texts while driving. AT&T works to educate users on the hazards of texting behind the wheel. It Can Wait.
We’re a family at LISTA. Let’s do what’s right lets end texting while driving through its AT&T #itcanwait campaign and remember this simple yet vital message: When it comes to texting and driving, it can wait.
Sign the pledge? http://bit.ly/fIOZ0j

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