It Can Wait Campaign Discourages Dangerous Texting and Driving

These days, most of us are very connected and addicted to our smart phones and tablets.  We have a hard time disconnecting, even while we drive.  We hate wasting time.  For some, texting has become a primary means of communication and they believe that they need the information that is coming through the text prior to arriving at their destination.   But this activity is incredibly distracting.  We all know the symptoms: the car in front of us is drifting into the other lane and then suddenly jerks back and then does it again.  These drivers are much less likely to be drunk and much more likely to be texting or working email or surfing the web.

It is against this background that AT&T has launched a campaign seeking to get drivers to pledge not to text while driving.  The company’s wireless business is based in Atlanta.

The “It Can Wait” campaign seeks to reduce the 100,000+ accidents that occur annually due to texting.

Those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in an auto accident, and texting or talking on the phone while driving can be even more dangerous than drunk driving.  

September 19 is “no text on board” day and a video reality simulator that demonstrates the dangers of texting while driving will be in the Atlanta area on September 18 and 19.

AT&T’s “Drive Mobile” app allows a driver to silence notification sounds for incoming texts, emails, and phone calls.  It also automatically sends the message that the driver will respond later.  

Georgia enacted a law against texting while driving in 2010.  According to the Georgia Law:

No person who is 18 years of age or older or who has a Class C license [typical license for passenger car or truck] shall operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to a text message, instant message, e-mail, or Internet data.

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-241.2

A conviction is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $150 and one point on the driver’s license.

Both texting and talking on cell phones while driving are prohibited for Georgia drivers under age 18.

Despite the law and the dangers, 75% of teens surveyed said that texting while driving was “common” among their friends, and 77% had seen their parents text while driving.

If you or a family member have been injured in a Metro Atlanta area / Marietta GA car accident caused by a driver who may have been texting or talking on a cell phone at the time, contact Keith Bodoh, and Matt Nasrallah -- lawyers in Marietta Ga serving the Marietta, Cobb County and Metro Atlanta areas.


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