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Nationwide effort to stop distracted driving with smartphones

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All 4 major carriers in the USA have joined forces in the "It Can Wait" campaign.

AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint and a number of other businesses and community organizations have joined to help promote safe driving.

The campaign urges drivers to pledge not to text and drive and provides resources and tools to help prevent distracted driving.

"We recognize that technological innovation can help people, but ultimately it's up to the driver to make the right decision. We believe that joining forces with other carriers and the many organizations and businesses involved with the It Can Wait campaign is the right thing to do because it enables us to leverage the companies' resources and helps amplify the awareness message and encourage safe driving," said Jonathan LeCompte, president – Georgia/Alabama Region, Verizon Wireless.

A recent AT&T survey on the behavior of commuters found that texting while driving extends beyond just teens.

Nearly all commuters polled agreed that sending a text or email while driving isn't safe, yet nearly half of them admitted to texting while driving with 43 percent of those who said they text and drive characterizing the act as a "habit."

The survey found that commuters are also texting and driving even more than teens – 49 percent, compared to 43 percent.

 

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