This weekend, I saw a video that I had to share with the PI community on texting while driving. The video is not only about texting, but also about being active on social media while driving.
There were several young people who were interviewed about whether or not they use their phone to use Snapchat, update their Facebook status, check text messages or do other social media activities. Many admitted to using the apps and their phones while physically driving, not just at stoplights. This is very dangerous and life-threatening, and is not to be taken lightly.
After each person talked openly about their normal use of phones while driving, a young lady walked into the room who looked normal, and then when she spoke, you saw that she had been injured. She explained how she was hit by a distracted driver on her graduation day and is partially paralyzed. Not only did this woman express her story and share her heart-wrenching testimony, but she continued to share with each individual young person that her parents were killed in the accident. This caused each young person to commit to not using their phone while driving and also caused many to tear up.
The video is really hard to watch and not cry and/or be affected by it. I’m sure this is one of many stories that have happened by accident, but is a wake-up call for this generation. We have so many distractions and so many things pulling at us constantly.
What is more important—checking the road or your phone? Let this be a wake-up call for everyone. Let’s pray that people stop using their phones on the road, and also let us commit to being leaders and to share this video.
Share the movement and hashtag #itcanwait, and also share this video—but please share this at home safely, not while driving.
Join in making positive changes in our world: Sign the pledge here and share the movement on Facebook and Twitter. More than 10 million people have taken the pledge to keep their eyes on the road.
What’s really amazing is that AT&T has an app that you can download on your phone and put it on as “Driving Mode” so it will silence all incoming texts and messages. The app will notify people messaging you that you are unable to message anyone while driving.
“AT&T DriveMode® is a free app that silences incoming text message alerts so you can keep your eyes on the road and stay focused while driving. For AT&T post-paid customers, it sends an auto-reply letting the sender know you’re behind the wheel. The app turns on automatically when you’re driving 15 MPH or more and turns off shortly after you stop. Parents with young drivers can receive a text message if the app is turned off.”
There is another app called the Safely Go that you can download on Google Play:
“Stay focused on what’s important. Do you find it hard to stay focused on the road while your cell phone tempts you? But is turning it off the best way to curb texting-while-driving? Safely Go will receive your calls and texts, keeping you connected, responsible and safe.”
PI Girls, do you have a safety app on your phone? Will you commit to not messaging or responding while driving? Comment below! Let us know if you took the pledge!