According to auto club AAA, 41 million people will hit the road and take to the skies for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. That would represent a 1.9% increase over the 40.3 million who traveled last Independence Day. More than 8 in 10 travelers, 34.8 million, will travel by automobile, the highest level since the pre-recession holiday in 2007. Further, the National Safety Council, which estimates that 385 traffic deaths and 41,200 injuries will occur from 6 p.m. July 3 through 11:59 p.m. July 6.
This July 4th weekend, AT&T* would like to remind all mobile phone users to practice safe driving, limit their use of wireless phones behind the wheel, and to not text and drive. “While behind the wheel, a driver’s full attention should always be on the road. Talking and texting can wait,” said Bob Bass, President, AT&T Washington. “This is especially important during times of increased traffic such as Western Washington will be experiencing this three-day weekend.”
TIPS: AT&T offers the following safety reminders for Washington motorists:
1. Curb the Urge– utilize apps like AT&T DriveMode to curb the urge to read or send a text while driving. When the app is downloaded/set-up and the vehicle begins moving 25 mph, an auto-reply message will notify inbound texters/emailers and wireless callers that you are behind the wheel and will reply when it is safe.
2. Pull off the road – if a conversation is emotional, complex or requires note taking/directions
3. Know When to Dial 911 – only call 911 in the event of a true emergency. Do not call 911 if an emergency vehicle is already at the scene.
4. Obey the law – use a headset to drive hands-free and keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
5. Take the Pledge– commit to being safe by signing a pledge against texting while driving like the one on www.itcanwait.com. Share the message with friends too.
#X lets friends know that you’re getting on the road and can’t respond. It can also mean you’re ending a text string until you’re done driving. You can draw X on your thumbs to remind yourself not to text while you are driving too—whatever works for you!
It Can Wait is the national movement to end texting and driving. Started by AT&T in 2009, It Can Wait’s goal is simple—to save lives. And we are doing that in three specific ways:
• By spreading the word about the dangers of texting at the wheel
• By getting everyone we know to take the pledge to stop texting and driving
• By joining a powerful coalition of advocates nationwide
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