Did you know that over 100,000 accidents a year involve drivers who are texting? That is a huge number. That is a huge number of victims. That is a huge number of families who have to deal with the devastation. If the drivers are lucky the accident may only cause car damage. They may cause minor injuries to themselves. But that is not usually the case. In many of those cases the devastation is much greater and it is the innocent victim and their families that deal with the consequences. In some cases the accidents result in very serious injuries, or even death.
Not too long ago I told you about the stories of Chandler and Xzavier. They share two sides of two very different stories of texting and driving. Those stories are heartbreaking. And now AT&T has recently released the full documentary, From One Second to the Next, which includes those 2 stories and the stories of others whose lives suffered because of texting and driving. You will see stories of people crossing the street, walking their dogs, or other things that are a part of their day to day routines.They never thought that something like this would happen while they were out. Many of them very near their homes. Watch the video below, or on YouTube.
As drivers it is our responsibility to not only know all of the rules of the road including obeying traffic lights, when to signal, and whether or not it is ok to turn right on a red light. It is also our responsibility to drive as safe as possible. This means keeping our eyes on the road and limiting distractions. I have already told you about some ways to accomplish that ranging from keeping your phone in your purse, using your cars integrated features to control your phone without taking your eyes off the road, or using apps like AT&T Drive Mode, or Safely Go for Verizon or Sprint to keep texting from interrupting your driving by alerting your friends that you are driving.
Once the technology is in place, it is up to you to do the rest. We are here to help you. Check out the AT&T Instagram Page to see those of us who have taken the pledge. There are some great names on board. You will find athletes, actors, bloggers, and others who know the importance of staying safe while driving. I’m in good company. Recognize one of those little faces on this hand?
Here it is bigger:
Now, why don’t you join us? Take the pledge today. Remember, it does not matter if you use AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, or T-Mobile. We are all in this together.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by AT&T. All opinions are my own.