Texting and Driving

Texting is increasingly becoming the way people communicate. In fact, in the 12

months ending December 2010, more than two trillion text messages were sent

and received (or six billion per day) according to CTIA - The Wireless Association.*

Unfortunately, some people may be texting from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.


Bloomfield High School students are no different than other drivers. Texting while driving happens regularly on our local streets and highways.


Safety comes first when you're in the driver's seat. To help battle unsafe texting,

here are a few key tips:


Be smart. Don't text and drive. No text message is worth being distracted

while you drive.

Be in control. Remember it's your phone. You decide if and when to send

and read texts so take control. Consider turning your phone off, setting it

to silent or even storing it in the glove box before hitting the road.

Be caring. Never send a text message to a friend who is driving to meet

you, or to anyone you know is likely behind the wheel.

Be a BFF. Friends don't let each other text and drive. Visit

www.facebook.com/att to take a pledge not to text and drive, and

encourage your friends to do the same. You can also print and sign AT&T's pledge, available at www.att.com/textingcanwait.


Along with exercising good judgment, new applications are coming out to help curb

the urge to text while driving. One example is the AT&T DriveMode app. When enabled, the app sends a customizable auto-reply message to incoming texts**,

letting your friends know you're behind the wheel and will reply when it's safe.


Whether using new applications, taking a pledge or making it a personal practice,

the next time you think about sending or answering a text while operating a vehicle, just remember - it can wait. It's not worth losing your life or taking someone else's.


Watch this video from AT&T http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=2964.