11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving, according to Edgar Snyder and Associates. Cell phones and technology are a major factor as to why, not only teens, but m any people, get into car accidents each day.
Cell phones consume our entire focus in any situation in which we are using them. This means that while texting and driving, we aren’t focused on driving at all. This can be very detrimental to you and everyone else in the car.
The National Highway Safety Administration says that texting while driving has the same effect as driving after consuming 4 beers. If you wouldn’t feel comfortable getting behind the wheel after 4 beers, then you shouldn’t feel comfortable picking up your phone while behind the wheel either.
AT&T makes a series of emotionally moving commercials based on real life situations that are meant to prevent kids, or anyone really, from texting and driving. These are a part of their “It Can Wait” campaign and it’s a great example of how we’re teaching kids that technology can be negative when used improperly. The campaign offers you to make a pledge right on their website, saying that you pledge to never text and drive; another great example for kids to stay off technology while driving.
Texting and driving is a serious problem in our society today, and I don’t think people understand how serious it really is. Campaign’s like AT&T’s shine a light on texting and driving that is much needed. The severity of this problem is very underrated and kids don’t realize the impact that their decision to text and drive can have.
AT&T is doing an excellent job of showing kids that technology can be of great advantage to us, as long as we wait to use it at the right time.