“As phone texting becomes more and more popular as a means of communicating, texting while driving has led to increased accidents and deaths on our highways,” said State Representative Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley). “It has been proven that those who read and send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident.”
As a result of these facts, the legislature passed a state law banning texting while driving but many are unaware or ignore the law. Pritchard said AT&T has launched the “It Can Wait” public awareness campaign, and to date more than two million people have made an on-line pledge to help end the dangerous and sometimes deadly practice of texting while driving. “This campaign is about saving lives and I applaud AT&T for taking these steps to educate and warn motorists,” explained Pritchard who took the pledge last week.
AT&T is conducting a pledge campaign on the Northern Illinois University campus September 19 to appeal to younger drivers. However, any driver can take the on-line pledge by going to www.ItCanWait.com, and while on the website they can view videos featuring people whose lives were changed forever because of texting while driving Pritchard noted. “They can also share a personal testimonial or get involved with the movement to put an end to texting while driving.”
“The videos on the web site are very compelling,” Pritchard said. “The ‘From One Second to the Next’ video is especially powerful and I would encourage all drivers to watch it and pledge not to text while driving.”