Thursday, September 19 has been deemed “Drive 4 Pledges Day” by 33 mayors across Indiana. Among the 33 urging Hoosiers residents to not text and drive are the mayors of South Bend, Mishawaka and Warsaw.
Four national wireless companies spearheaded the It Can Wait campaign. It’s a movement spreading widely across social media and various events to encourage people to put their phones down when behind the wheel.
Drivers that text message while are 23 times more likely to be in a crash. The It Can Wait campaign aspires to create a social stigma around the habit, and starts by having people pledge to never text and drive.
Anyone wishing to take part and make the pledge can change their social profile photos and banners to special It Can Wait graphics, share personal pledges via the Twitter hashtag #ItCanWait or even host their own pledge drive.
Across the nation some 2,000 “Drive 4 Pledges” activities will take place: including messages at sporting events, in television programming and community organizations.
A survey by ConnectSafely.org found that individuals who address drivers who text can have a profound impact. Some 78-percent of teen drivers said they’re likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it’s wrong or stupid and 90-percent said they would stop texting if a friend inside their car asked them to do so.