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  • 1. For more information, contact: Sarah Briggs, Public Affairs AT&T Ohio 614-223-7641 sarah.briggs@att.com AAA Ohio Auto Club, City Year and AT&T Urge Linden-McKinley STEM Academy Students to Pledge They’ll Never Text and Drive at www.ItCanWait.com Assembly Part of Series of Events Hosted by AT&T COLUMBUS,Ohio (Nov. 21, 2013) —AAA Ohio Auto Club, City Year and AT&T teamed up today with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to highlight the dangers of texting and driving and urge more than 100 students from Linden-McKinley STEM Academy to pledge they will never text and drive. During a school assembly, students had the chance to hear about the dangers of texting while driving and to watch the AT&T documentary “The Last Text”which shares real stories about lives altered or ended by the decision to text and drive. AT&T first launched the It Can Wait®campaign in 2009 to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving and to encourage consumers to take a pledge that they will never text and drive at www.ItCanWait.com. “Distracted driving is an epidemic on our roadways, and we need people all across Ohio to take action in their communities to help put a stop to it," said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born. "Texting while driving is the most dangerous form of distracted driving, and AAA remains committed to putting an end to this dangerous practice," said Kimberly Schwind, Public Relations Manager, AAA Ohio Auto Club. "It's great to see so many organizations committed to fighting this critical traffic safety issue." “Studies show teens continue to text and drive, even though they know it’s dangerous and against the law,” said David Kandel, External Affairs Director, AT&T. “We’re challenging all drivers, especially our teens, to take the pledge to never text and drive and to make it a lifelong commitment.” 1
  • 2. The It Can Wait®movement is making a difference. One in three people who have seen the texting while driving message say they’ve changed their driving habits, and the campaign has inspired more than 3.5 million pledges to never text and drive. The recently launched “From One Second to the Next”documentary has also received more than 2 million views since its Hollywood premiere on August 8. Texting while driving causes more than 100,000 car crashes on American roadways each year, according to the National Safety Council1. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has found that drivers who send text messages while driving are much more likely to be in a crash. Teens are particularly at risk. While 97% of teens say they know texting while driving is dangerous, 75% say the practice is still “common” among their friends, according to an AT&T survey2. In Ohio, it is illegal for drivers under age 18 to write, send or read text-based messages or even talk on the phone while driving due to a texting ban which took effect on March 1. The penalty is a $150 fine and a 60-day license suspension, and repeat offenders could face a $300 fine and a 1-year license suspension. For adults the texting ban is a secondary offense. Ohio is among 41 states that ban text messaging by all drivers. For more information on the It Can Wait® campaign, please visit:ItCanWait.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 1 2 National Safety Council www.nsc.org Survey conducted by Beck Research on behalf of AT&T http://www.att.com/Common/about_us/txting_driving/att_teen_survey_executive.pdf. 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 largest 4G 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 wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/aboutus or follow our news on @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/att. © 2013 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. 4G not available everywhere. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. 2