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New York Drivers Encouraged to Take AT&T’s Never Text and Drive Pledge

AT&T, one of the leading providers of telecommunications services, realizes that texting and driving do not mix. In fact, more than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting, causing life-changing injuries and deaths, and texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident. In an effort to prevent another American from becoming a distracted driving accident statistic, AT&T is warning of the serious dangers caused by texting and driving and is urging all drivers to take its “Never Text and Drive” pledge.

AT&T’s campaign message, “When it comes to texting and driving, it can wait,” is meant to encourage everyone to only text once they have arrived at their destination.  In order to support the message, AT&T offers a free app that automatically sends a customizable reply to incoming texts – much like an “out-of-office” alert – notifying the sender that the user is driving and unable to respond. A similar message can be set up for phone calls and emails.

In addition, customers who download the app are automatically taking AT&T’s don’t text and drive pledge.

On its website, AT&T presents the pledge as follows:

No text message, email, website or video is worth the risk of endangering my life or the lives of others on the road. I pledge to never text and drive and will take action to educate others about the dangers of texting while driving.

AT&T has designated Sept. 19 as the day to join with others to make a lifelong commitment to never text and drive again.

“Distracted driving is an epidemic on our roadways, and we need people all across America to take action in their communities to help put a stop to it,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. “I applaud AT&T for taking on this issue with the ‘It Can Wait’ campaign, and I thank them for helping to spread the word that no text or email is worth the risk.”

Our Binghamton car accident attorneys remind all drivers that it is against the law to text-and-drive in NY.  The state of New York made texting-while-driving a primary traffic offense last year, meaning police can stop drivers specifically for the act. The penalty for using a handheld device while driving is three points against the person’s driver’s license.  We encourage all New York drivers to follow the law and to take the pledge and commit to staying focused when driving.

Anyone hurt in a motor vehicle crash caused by the recklessness or negligence of another driver should seek legal help right away.  An experienced Binghamton car accident attorney can help an injured party file a claim and, especially, to fight the insurance company.

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