REDUCING DISTRACTIONS ON WASHINGTON ROADS AND HIGHWAYS THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

The consequences of distracted driving can range from costly court-related expenses and higher insurance premiums to prison time if a distracted driver causes a collision in which someone is hurt or killed. AT&T* would like to remind all wireless phone users that when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, their first priority is to drive safely. This is especially important during times of increased traffic, such as Washington will experience on New Year’s Eve.

TIPS:  AT&T offers the following safety reminders for motorists who use a wireless phone:

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 15 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.

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 iphone_drivemodelives. 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

Because no text is worth dying for. It Can Wait. Please consider sharing these tips and message as a New Year’s resolution call to action for your viewers. To take the pledge and see a list of supporters, visit www.ItCanWait.com. For additional information and resources, visit www.att.com/itcanwait.

It Can Wait is making a difference. The campaign has inspired more than 5 million pledges to never text and drive, and more than 1.8 million downloads of the Android and Blackberry versions of the DriveMode app. But more work needs to be done to help end texting while driving. To learn more about It Can Wait, please visit www.ItCanWait.com.

The AT&T DriveMode app is available for free on the App Store for iPhone or at www.AppStore.com.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**Compatible device required. Functionality varies by operating system. Auto-Reply feature is available for AT&T postpaid customers only. Auto-reply is not compatible with iMessage or messages sent by third party services. Requires active AT&T Message Backup & Sync service. Data and text messaging rates will apply for download and usage. Technical, network and other service restrictions may apply. Visit att.com/drivemode for additional product details.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best global wireless coverage, based on offering roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier, and offers the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

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About Leslie Pleasants

Leslie Pleasants is the founder of Today's Every Mom. Inspired by her own busy life with kiddos she set out to create a spot where Moms of any stage or age could find relevant and resourceful advice.