The American Idol Tour is coming to Cincinnati this Monday, September 10th and I am going :) I am super stoked because we have always watched American Idol…. No, we don’t have any young kids that would be into it…. just me and the hubs! Every year I say I am not going to watch it and every year I get sucked in!!
Anyways, I digress! This year, the tour is being sponsored by AT&T and they are promoting a fabulous event, It Can Wait Campaign (#ItCanWait). I felt like this tugged at my heart-strings because I am ashamed to admit that I have sent a text while driving. Not a ton, but I have done it from time to time. I think that we are all so busy and life just doesn’t give us a breather, even for a second so we try to multitask a ton of things at once. Unfortunately, we spend so much time driving that texting and driving has just become another way for us to get two things done at once.
Texting and driving is DANGEROUS. We all know it. I think that we have the mentality that “it won’t happen to me”, but check out a few of these statistics:
- Those who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash.
- Of all cell phone related tasks — including talking, dialing, or reaching for the phone — texting while driving is the most dangerous.
- In 2010, texting while driving increased 50 percent in one year, and two out of 10 drivers say they’ve sent text messages or emails while behind the wheel — despite a rush by states to ban the practice.
- When drivers read or send a text message, their reaction time is doubled. When asked to respond to a flashing light while texting behind the wheel, drivers were more than 11 times more likely to miss the light altogether.
Isn’t it crazy?! 23 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE IN A CRASH!!! No thank you! I am DONE. Take the Pledge with me and promise yourself and your kids that you won’t put their, or your life in danger to send a text. Nothing is worth that!
If you are going to the concert on Monday, please check out their Driving Simulator which will test your skill on driving while texting. I think this will be a real eye opener for me and others. Have fun at the concert, but keep in mind that “It Can Wait”!!!!!!