A texting driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident than a non-texting driver (VTTI). We all know that a simple distraction – such as reading a text message or answering your cell phone can lead to devastating consequences. Last week saw the release of a powerful new documentary from AT&T on the dangers of distracted driving. The roughly four minute video shows how the lives of several individuals intersect in a heartbreaking way when one takes their eyes off the road for just a second. The dangers of texting and driving can have a tragic and lasting effect on the lives of the driver, passengers, and others sharing the road.
AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign aims to discourage drivers from picking up their phone when they are behind the wheel. We here at GDL Institute were moved by the video, and are happy to see that the documentary is freely available online at YouTube, and is also being distributed to several agencies with the intent of reaching as many at-risk drivers as possible.
If you are a new driver or the parent of a teen driver, we encourage you to join watch the video, join the more than 7 million people who have taken the pledge, and share with as many others as possible.
- New Data from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Provides Insight into Cell Phone Use and Driving Distraction – Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
- It Can Wait Campaign