Earlier this year, I partnered with AT&T on their “It’s What You Do with What We Do” campaign about using technology to improve your health and fitness. At the same time, I also learned about AT&T’s “It Can Wait” initiative, their campaign to stop texting & driving. To be honest, even though I am 100% behind their It Can Wait campaign and feel it’s a hugely important and wonderful campaign, it is hard to not text & drive. Maybe that’s why I feel so strongly about it…because while I KNOW how important it is and realize how dangerous it is to text/tweet/facebook/instragram/whatever while driving, I also know personally how easy it is to think, “Oh I’m fine. I’m driving slow. There’s no traffic. It’s a short text.” etc….
So today, when I got this totally unexpected package (true story, I opened it and saw the phone and said out loud, “holy sh*t” because that’s a sweeeeet phone), it reminded me that I really need to work harder at not texting and driving. And then, as I was backing out of the driveway about 5 minutes later, I went to grab my phone to text my brother about the Samsung Galaxy III i just got in the mail since I know he loves his. And then thought, “Seriously Teri?? Texting and driving right after you looked at all that??”
AT&T sent me the phone, a t-shirt (which I wish was my size because I would really wear it to help the cause but it’s a large), a cell phone cover, car stickers to remind me of the committment I’ve made to not text & drive, and even a ring I can slide on while driving to remind me. There was also an flyer about a new (free) AT&T app — DriveMode — available on Android and Blackberry devices that will prevent your phone from receiving texts, emails and/or phone calls when you are going over 25 mph. Very very cool.
I didn’t ask for all of this swag and truly am not promoting it just because they sent me all this. This is something I believe in. And it’s something I need to work on, something I HAVE to work on.
So, who is with me? Who wants to take the pledge?
Make this one of your 2013 resolutions.
Make it a Christmas gift to yourself.
Make it a Christmas gift to those you love. And a gift all those strangers you pass on the road who have loved ones of their own.
Let’s not text and drive. Deal?