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Texting And Driving… It Better Wait

Posted on January 26, 2011 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

A short documentary spearheads AT&T’s assault on distracted driving which has become an epidemic hazard to motorists everywhere.

DALLAS — AT&T, the nation’s second-largest mobile network provider, has released a dramatic anti-distracted driving documentary titled “The Last Text” as part of its “It Can Wait” CAMPAIGN to stop drivers from texting or talking on their mobile phones while driving.

“Distracted driving is an epidemic, particularly among teens who are confident in their ability to text or talk while driving,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Of the 5,500 people killed last year due to distracted driving, the largest proportion of fatalities occurred among young people under the age of 20. I hope teens will take this powerful video to heart and realize that when you’re behind the wheel, no text message or phone call is worth the risk.”

Joshua Topolsky, editor-in-chief of consumer-electronics Web magazine ENGADGET.COM, writes, “We’re not sure how many more times it must be said, but seriously people —stop texting on your cellphone while operating a gigantic vehicle at high speeds.” Read the rest of his article ON TEXTING WHILE DRIVING HERE.

To learn more about AT&T’s efforts to end distracted driving, please visit their CAMPAIGN WEB PAGE, as well as read their Pre-New Year’s Eve PRESS RELEASE.

Watch the 10-minute documentary on YOUTUBE, or by visiting the Web pages mentioned above.

Sources: AT&T PRE-NYE PRESS RELEASE; ENGADGET.COM

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