We all know that texting while driving is dangerous. But did you know your words and your actions can have an impact on your child's decision whether to text and drive? According to a national teen driver survey commissioned by AT&T, 77 percent of teens have seen their parents text and drive. In that same survey, Sixty-two percent of teens said reminders from their parents not to text and drive would be effective in getting them to stop the dangerous practice.
The moral of this statistical story? We should tell our kids not to text while driving and we should listen to our own advice.
AT&T sponsored an “It Can Wait” pledge day this month to bring awareness to this important public safety issue. The initiative has its own website (www.itcanwait.com) full of survey results and statistics that should make it easy for parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of texting and driving. Drivers of all ages can use the website to pledge not to text behind the wheel.
Join with your kids in taking the pledge. Talk about the dangers. Commit yourself to never text and drive.
Drew Edmondson, Oklahoma City
Edmondson, a former Oklahoma attorney general, practices at the law firm of GableGotwals.