I recently wrote about how the whole texting and talking, Tweeting while driving thing freaks me out. Shortly after,Â AT&T contacted me and said I had every right to be freaked out and that if I can convince you lovely Mommyish readers to also be freaked out, they will give you a chance to win an awesome prize pack worth $600! Now, I know, so many of you are married to your cell phones and announcing to the world what you ordered for lunch today and then uploading photos of what you ate for lunch today on Instagram, but trust me, it can wait until you are not driving a vehicle. The statistics are so scary!
Those who send text messages while driving areÂ 23 times more likely to be in a crash.
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.
And the worst thing is? We are not setting a very good example for our kids because:
According to 77 percent of teens, adults tell kids not text or email while driving â€” yet adults do it themselves “all the time.”
To convince you even further, check this out:
Hopefully, I won’t have to explain to you after viewing this why texting and driving is a bad idea, and even though I know we all feel like our texts and updates and status reports are urgent, they just aren’t. So, please don’t do it. I worry enough as it is and if one of you were to get in an accident while posting about the weather I would be very upset. And worse, if one of you were texting and you caused an accident! End of lecture! On to the fun stuff!
How do you enter? Go to the It Can Wait website and take the pledge, then fill out the entry form below! One winner will be chosen in a week to receive a prize package that includes:
- A Samsung GalaxyÂ SIII
- An It Can Wait branded case
- An It Can Wait t-shirt
- It Can Wait thumbbands and stickers
- A SkinIt Coupon good for one free large device
In the meantime, there is a super cool simulator you can play with and show the drivers in your family to demonstrate how dangerous texting and driving is.
Together we can make a difference in how many people get in car accidents due to texting and driving, not only for us, but for our kids. Besides, I would much rather you tell me about your lunch when you are at home and can take the time to get really descriptive about it, not in some short text while you are waiting at a stop light.
So take the pledge, trust me, It Can Wait.
Here’s how to enter to win:
STEP 1:Â LIKE Mommyish onÂ Facebook
STEP 2: Fill out the entry form below and hit submit! In the email field, be sure to use the email address used on your Facebook so we can verify that youâ€™re a fan of Mommyish on Facebook. You can enter once a day until the sweepstakes is over.
This sweepstakes ends on February 7, 2013 at 11:59 P.M. EDT. Good luck!
This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, FacebookÂ®.
You will be notified via email if you won, so don’t forget to check your inbox!