Text messaging is becoming the way many people communicate today, whichÂ means some people may be doing it
at the worst possible time â€“ while driving.Â Those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in some typeÂ of safety critical event as compared to those drivers who donâ€™t text while driving,Â according to a study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
As we see an increase in students and texting Â — who are young drivers — are susceptible to texting while driving.
As teachers, advisors and mentors, we have a unique opportunity to lead byÂ example. Thatâ€™s why I am urging you
to put safety first when you are in theÂ driverâ€™s seat and follow these tips:
â€¢ Be Smart. Donâ€™t text and drive. No text message is worth being distractedÂ while you drive.
â€¢ Be in control. Remember itâ€™s your phone. You decide if and when to sendÂ and read texts so take control.
Consider turning your phone off, setting it toÂ silent or even set it aside before hitting the road.
â€¢ Be Caring. Donâ€™t send a text when you know your family member, friend orÂ co-worker is driving.
â€¢ Be Focused. Never use your phone to take pictures, send and readÂ messages, record video, or watch TV while
â€¢ Be an Example. Donâ€™t send the wrong signal by texting while you drive. ThisÂ is especially important if you have a teen driver in the household. Your familyÂ and friends will follow your example.
â€¢ Be Proactive. Open, print and sign the Personal Pledge (found atÂ www.att.com/textingcanwait) not to text and drive, and encourage yourÂ co-workers and friends to do the same.
â€¢ Be Aware. If you have teens, some wireless companies offer parents anÂ easy way to manage their teenâ€™s phone functionality, such as the time of dayÂ the phone can be used for messaging, Web browsing or outbound calling.
However, 911 calls are always allowed and parents can also set up â€œallowedÂ numbersâ€ that the teens can call as parents or others deem appropriate.
Watch this videoÂ 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.Â It Can Wait.
Weâ€™re a family at LISTA. Letâ€™s do whatâ€™s right letsÂ end texting while driving through its AT&T #itcanwait campaignÂ andÂ remember this simple yet vital message: When it comes to texting and driving,Â it can wait.
Sign the pledge? http://bit.ly/fIOZ0j