Texting or Taking a Selfie While Driving? #ItCanWait!

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20130919-071121.jpgNot even a sexy selfie is worth the loss of a life.

I’ve been anti drinking and texting since my late twenties, and that’s mostly because I once drank and dialed. My targets were ex-boyfriends and lovers. The consequences of drunk dialing often irreversible. So, you can imagine how sensitive I am to texting when driving.

Like drunk texting, people can get hurt. But texting and driving is much worse – it can be fatal.

That’s why no matter who you are or who you are texting it can wait.

20130919-071429.jpgYes, even your boo can wait. You can text him you love him when out of the car (and not at a stop sign or red light!). If you don’t you may never get to say I love you again. It really is that serious. Texting while driving is involved in 100,000+ vehicle crashes each year, often causing injuries and deaths. And AT&T wants to stop this unnecessary hurt and loss of life.

With their “It Can Wait” public awareness campaign, AT&T’s goal is to save lives. I went to their event to get more information so I can spread the word. I bowled a terrible game but my embarrassment was for a great cause.

Their message is simple yet powerful: No text is worth dying for.

So, let’s get involved. Take the pledge, speak up … and don’t text and drive! I personally don’t have a car but I can still help. I am joining the movement and raising awareness of the dangers of texting and driving. I’m not letting anyone I know text and drive. Yes, I will be that annoying passenger!

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How can you get involved? AT&T has launched a social media campaign to encourage everyone to take the pledge. Show that “It Can Wait” by sharing this promise with your friends via social media. Here’s how:

  • Take the no-texting-and-driving pledge.
  • Download the DriveMode®app. The app turns on automatically once your vehicle starts moving 25 miles per hour. If your hubby tries to text you or send you an email (or anyone else for that matter) they receive an auto reply message telling them you’re currently driving and will get back to them soon. Calls are also sent to voicemail; however, you can identify up to five numbers that can always be dialed, and 911 calls are always allowed. While enabled, depending on your device, the app also stops incoming notification sounds – so you’re less tempted to grab your phone when driving. We know how tempting it is to reply to those Facebook comments.

So, take the pledge with me today. #ItCanWait because my life is way more important than a text, as is the lives of others. And, yes, even your man can wait for that text of your sexy selfie.

This post is part of a sponsored campaign on behalf of Latina Bloggers Connect and AT&T.

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