Distracted Driving is Never ok
By: Andrew Bogatkevich
In 2009, 5,474 people were killed and 448,000 were injured in accidents caused by distracted driving.
AT&T, being one of the largest wireless carriers, started the “It Can Wait" movement in March of 2010 in the United States with the hopes of being able to drastically lower the number of deaths and injuries caused by distracted driving.
Texting, is one such distraction, and even though it may not seem like it, texting while driving causes thousands of deaths yearly in the United States. However these deaths can all be avoided if proper precautions are taken.
Driving is dangerous; there is no way around it. The threat of serious injury or even death is always prevalent no matter how skilled a driver is. However, creating distractions for a driver almost ensures an accident will occur.
Ever since the start of the “It Can Wait” movement, many legal actions have been taken to help its cause. These changes, documented by the National Conference of State Legislature, include: In 14 states, it is illegal to use cell phones while driving; In 38 states, it is illegal for novice or teen drivers to use cell phones while driving.; In 21 states, it is illegal for school bus drivers to use cell phones while driving; and in 47 states, it is illegal to text while driving.
However, making something illegal does not stop it from happening. The “It Can Wait” movement still has not reached everybody, and to do that, the movement needs more support. Over 5 million people have already pledged to and shared the movement via social media, documentaries have been made for the movement, and even the Disney Corporation has reached out to support the movement; but it is still not enough!
We need your help to keep the streets safe.
Support us by pledging to the “It Can Wait” Movement and then sharing it on social media.
http://liggettlawgroup.com/blog/10-dangerous-texas-counties-drunk-driving-accidents/ image of an accident
https://www.itcanwait.com/social - it can wait logo
http://www.ncsl.org/research/transportation/cellular-phone-use-and-texting-while-driving-laws.aspx - information on laws dealing with texting and driving
http://sites.psu.edu/murcialeap/2014/07/23/case-study-att-it-can-wait/ - source for information on the movement (origin of movement and information on the documentary made on the movement)
http://depaulresearchmethods.com/post/118300457047/review-of-it-can-wait-the-power-of-a-movement - "it can wait" has the support of Disney
https://twibbon.com/support/It-Can-Wait/resources/It-Can-Wait-Twibute-50 - image of multiple “It Can Wait” pledges
http://leap.utah.edu/program-options/pre-law.php - image of the law