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According to the latest statistics about 9 people in the US die EACH DAY from texting and driving. Please take this pledge never to text and drive.

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AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Monday April 1, 2013, 3:16 am
Please don't text and drive--yoru frienddship and family and friends and life depend onit!

Here is a additional article:

Nearly Half of Commuters Admit to Texting While Driving
More Than Teens...More Than They Used To...and Despite Knowing the Risks AT&T Calls on Employers to Help End What Has Become a Dangerous "Habit" for Many

Dallas, Texas, March 28, 2013

Nearly half of commuters self-reported texting while driving in a recent poll1, and 43% of those who did called it a “habit.”

Commuters are texting and driving even more than teens – 49%1, compared to 43%2. And the problem has gotten worse. Six in 10 commuters say they never texted while driving three years ago.

So while efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving are working – 98% of commuters surveyed said they know sending a text or email while driving isn’t safe – there’s clearly more work to be done to change behaviors.

Survey sponsor AT&T* is calling on employers to help end texting while driving by taking action during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, and beyond. It’s asking businesses to join the more than 165 organizations already engaged in the Texting & Driving-It Can Wait movement, and to use the policies, technologies and communications materials available free at to help move their employees beyond being aware of the danger to making a personal commitment not to text and drive.

“Businesses can help keep their employees and others on the road safe by encouraging responsible behavior behind the wheel, including obeying all laws related to the use of electronic devices,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “We also encourage all businesses to consider joining the ‘It Can Wait’ movement to end texting while driving. Together we can help turn the tide on this serious issue.”

Through It Can Wait, AT&T has reached millions with the insight that most text messages are trivial, and no text is worth dying for. It has made the dangers of texting and driving real and personal by giving thousands of people hands-on experience with driving simulators and sharing the heart-wrenching stories of people – like Jamie Nash in this video – whose lives have been forever changed by texting-while-driving accidents. More than 1.3 million personal commitments never to text and drive have been made at, through Facebook, text-to-pledge, tweet-to-pledge or at events.

“Through the It Can Wait movement, AT&T is collaborating with employers, nonprofits, law enforcement, educators, legislators, professional associations and government agencies nationwide,” said AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and Global Marketing Officer Cathy Coughlin. “I’m confident, together we can save lives by encouraging millions more to make the personal commitment never to text and drive.”

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Christeen A (377)
Monday April 1, 2013, 4:25 am
I took the pledge. Will you? Thank you.

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Monday April 1, 2013, 4:28 am
I TOOK THE PLEDGE--Thanks Christeen and all who read this and take the pledge!

Anna U (256)
Monday April 1, 2013, 4:31 am
I took the pledge! Thank you very much.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 1, 2013, 4:36 am
i dont drive so no need to pledge
Its illegal here surprised if its not there

noted thanks

lee e (114)
Monday April 1, 2013, 9:20 am
Here we are -- everybody thinks they can "double task" -- there ought to be a pledge to not text while walking in Manhattan as well!! - I don't drive any more - but I've nearly collided with stupid pedestrians suddenly stopping to respond to a text - or thumb one off - drives me crazy!!!!

Past Member (0)
Monday April 1, 2013, 10:07 am
Legal or not legal, it's just not smart.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Monday April 1, 2013, 12:13 pm
They should flood the media with Don't Text and Drive ad's and then show the accidents that happen when it's done. The more graphic it is the more impression it can make IMO! Great article Cal! Noted! And I barely drive anymore myself and never text while driving!!

Eternal Gardener (745)
Monday April 1, 2013, 4:46 pm

Sherri G (128)
Monday April 1, 2013, 5:50 pm
It took the pledge and tweeted it.

Fran SiteIssues F (118)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:15 pm
Thank you for pledging! Share your pledge with friends and spread the word about the dangers of texting while driving.

Monday April 1, 2013, 6:35 pm
read and noted and signed the pledge on 4-1-13 i think it's stupid to text and drive and law enforcment needs to ticketed everyone that is caught it's very dangerous if it is that important pull off the road or wait until you get home or at work no need for anymore accidents.

Jason S (50)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:36 pm
Good posting, thanks

John B (185)
Monday April 1, 2013, 8:18 pm
Thanks Cal! Pledge taken!

Shawna S (45)
Monday April 1, 2013, 9:04 pm
I've never texted while driving. The road demands attention!!

Susanne R (234)
Monday April 1, 2013, 9:40 pm
I did take the pledge, but it won't be much of a sacrifice on my part. I never text, much less text and drive.

Thanks, Cal!

Billie C (2)
Monday April 1, 2013, 10:05 pm
i don't even know how to text so no problem here.

Val D (34)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:17 am
I never have and never will.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:50 am
Totally against the law, never spend much time texting to begin with and certainly won't while driving!

Laurel Rohrer (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:13 am

Carol H (229)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:30 am
noted and took the pledge

S S (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:45 am
Done, thank you..

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 5:39 am
Texting while driving is as fatal as taking drugs

Natalie S (13)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 10:44 am
A very worthy cause; thanks for bringing it to our attention.

David C (150)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 11:48 am
I pledged, but I don't text anyway.....

Kathleen R (138)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:32 pm
Noted. I don't drive.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:52 pm
i text all the time and i pray for those that do and suffered because of it. now i pray not to be next.

Debra Van Way (12)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:51 pm
If I actually had a cell phone I would take the pledge. I don't and I never will. True, they may seem handy to lots of people but it is just more poison going in to landfills, outrageous costs not only moneywise but also the health dangers inherent with cell phone usage (i.e. brain cancer) along with those that text and drive putting not only themselves in danger but other completely innocent people and animals because they felt the need to lol at an unimportant joke, etc. while driving. We have become a nation expecting instant gratification non-stop. Yeah, it is non-stop until it causes a death-then it is simply stopped gratification forever. Not worth it.

Jeanne Young (19)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:59 pm
I am told that fatalities involving cell phone usage exceed fatalities where alcohol/drugs are involved. "Driving While Distracted" is a serious problem on our roads

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:06 pm
Done. Noted. Thanks, Cal.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:57 pm
I took the pledge. The bad thing is that that Gov. Rick Perry will not push for a law to stop this practice.

Tom Edgar (56)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:50 pm
Where my road junctions with the highway there is a Cross regularly replaced flowers for the past eight years,, commemoration of the death of a nineteen year old, whose life stopped at the same time as his text messages.

As I don't own, probably never will, a cell phone it won't happen to me apart from not knowing how to text nor use the damned things I fail to see how anyone can imagine they are so important that they must be in continual
contact with other equally unimportant people. When I was a young man not even the local shops had a telephone let alone private homes and we seemed to get by.

Jeremy S (3)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:52 pm
Much as I hate to admit it, AT&T actually has a point: Texting and driving make a deadly combination. Stop now while you're alive!

reft h (66)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 11:35 pm
I don't know how anyone can text and drive at the same time anyway, you have to take your eyes off the road to see what you're texting. There are too many distractions on the road as it is. Texting seems to have become an obsession for many people, beyond merely a convenience. An addiction, perhaps. How to break people of the habit - maybe a new reality TV show idea... Where's Dr. Drew?

J. J. (30)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:33 pm
I don't drive...don't even have a this'll be the easiest pledge to keep hands down:D
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