When you text and drive, you’re 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash, so it should come as no surprise to learn that each year, more than 100,000 car accidents are blamed on distracted drivers who were texting behind the wheel.
Some of these accidents result in serious or minor injuries, while others result in death, leaving families distraught and law enforcement officials wondering why lives continue to be lost to the dangerous habit of texting while driving.
Anna Mendiola, a mother of two, is one of those texting while driving victims that didn’t live to tell her story. She died instantly after slamming into the back of an 18-wheeler truck. Authorities went through her phone and later determined that she was texting at the time of impact.
Watch her sister share her emotional story and please share with your family, friends, and those you know that drive to help us raise awareness of this dangerous habit. It just happens that the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend are considered the 100 Deadliest Days on the Roads for Teens, so this is more relevant and timely than ever.
Earlier this year, AT&T announced that other major wireless carriers were making a commitment to bolster AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign to end texting and driving.
To take the pledge to never text and drive again, visit www.itcanwait.com.
Stay safe and take the pledge.