The U.S. wireless industry provides Americans with great products and services every day. While developments in areas such as mHealth, smart grids, and eLearning are wonderful, at their core, wireless devices are public safety tools. It’s reassuring to know that our loved ones are just a phone call away from getting help when they need it most.
We also know there is an inappropriate time to use wireless devices. CTIA and its members are working hard to tell drivers that manual texting while driving is one of them.
In conjunction with the National Safety Council, we developed “On the Road, Off the Phone” (onroadoffphone.com), an educational campaign that includes a 30-second TV ad and one minute radio spot. I encourage you to watch and listen now. It’s our latest initiative and part of our continued safe driving outreach, which started in 1997.
We also developed a pocket-sized brochure (http://files.ctia.org/pdf/032012SafeDriving.pdf) that uses the phrase “Be Safe” as an acronym with six simple tips to follow when driving.
Each one of us has a responsibility to be safe drivers. Don’t text and drive and don’t ride with someone who does.
We live in a constantly connected world where multitasking is second nature and communicating is instant. Coupled with this compulsion, many teens and young adults are overly confident in their ability to ‘safely’ text while driving. However, nearly 500,000 young adults each year are injured due to various forms of distracted driving, including texting, mobile instant messaging, updating social media platforms, sending photos, etc.
We hope you will visit our website to get the facts and discover four easy ways you can stop texting while driving, such as designating a texter, finding an app, and turning your phone off or putting it on silence while you’re driving. These simple tips can save your life!
We also ask you to encourage your friends not to text while driving. Friends were ranked as the most influential person who can encourage teens and young adults NOT to text while driving. To do so, you can visit our Facebook fan page to access fun and engaging resources that you can share with your friends and follow us on Twitter to receive regular updates.
The “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.” Texting and Driving Prevention Campaign