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Local Students, Schools Are Taking a Stand Against Texting and Driving

High school students are learning that when they are driving, texting can be just as dangerous as drinking.

Does your teen text and drive? Do his or her friends?

According to a survey from AT&T:

  • 75 percent of teens surveyed say that texting while driving is "common" among their friends;
  • Almost all teens (89 percent) expect a reply to a text or email within five minutes or less;
  • And 77 percent of teens report seeing their parents text while driving.

Educators are starting to target distracted driving, including texting and driving, along with with drinking and driving in their safety messages to local students.

The problem, they say, is that many students don't make the connection that texting and driving are a dangerous combination.

“We take all opportunities to remind our students that texting and driving are dangerous," said Marcia Wilkinson, Director of Community Relations for Birmingham Public Schools.

It Can Wait

A new campaign from AT&T is hoping to change that mentality and highlight the dangers of texting and driving. The It Can Wait program, which launched in September, encourages drivers to take the pledge, promising to not text and drive.

Many schools in the area are teaming up with AT&T and promoting the campaign to students and their parents. 

AT&T is now offering a Drive-mode app which sends an automatic “I’m in the car driving” message to a user's top five contacts.

Resources for parents, schools and teens

Have you taken the pledge to stop texting and driving? Enter our Patch.com/AT&T contest and tell us why.

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