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AT&T CHALLENGES OHIOHEALTH ASSOCIATES TO JOIN
“IT CAN WAIT” MOVEMENT TO HALT TEXTING WHILE DRIVING
AT&T Simulator Event at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Encourages
Associatesand Visitors to Pledge Not to Text and Drive
COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 12, 2014) — Associates fromOhioHealth Grant Medical Center joined
State Senator Jim Hughes and AT&Ttoday to address a dangerous practice that puts millions of
Americans at risk: texting while driving.
To drive home the message and make our roads and highways safer, AT&T brought asimulator,
allowing Grant Medical Center associatesand visitors to experience firsthand the dangers of
texting and driving.
“Distracted driving is a perilous mix. It endangers your own life and the lives of people you’ve
never even met,” said State Senator Jim Hughes. “I’m proud to participate in this event at Grant
Medical Center with AT&T to remind drivers of the potentially deadly consequences of
distractions while driving, such as texting and the fact that this dangerous practice is now illegal
“It is tempting to text and drive, especially in today’s connected world, but we all must be
reminded just how dangerous the practice is,” said OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Medical
Director of Trauma, Dr. Shay O’Mara.“Today’s simulator event at Grant illustrates this important
and potentially life saving message for our associates and the community at large.”
“Our goal is to save lives,” AT&T External Affairs Director Nicole Staples Walkersaid. “AT&T
applauds the efforts of the Ohio General Assembly –as well as Governor Kasich – on their
efforts to pass and sign into law House Bill 99, the statewide texting while driving ban.”
AT&T first launched the It Can Wait®
campaign in 2009 to educate the public about the dangers
of texting while driving and encourage consumers to take the pledge to never text and drive at
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 4 million pledges to never text and drive.
Texting while driving causes more than 200,000 car crashes on American roadways each year,
according to the National Safety Council1
. Those who send text messages while driving are
much more likely to be in a crash.
Research shows that speaking up against texting while driving works. A ConnectSafely.org
survey sponsored by AT&T found that:
78% of teen drivers say they’re likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it’s wrong
90% say they’d stop if a friend in the car asked them to.
93% would stop if a parent in the car asked them to.
For more information on the It Can Wait®
campaign, please visit: ItCanWait.com.
National Safety Council www.nsc.org
*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.
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AT&T It Can Wait
Dangers of Text Messaging and Driving
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AT&T Teen Driver Survey - Executive Summary
AT&T Teen Driver Survey - Minority Findings
Infographic: The Dangers of Texting While Driving
Fact Sheet: AT&T's "It Can Wait" Campaign
Video: Texting While Driving Simulator
Video: AT&T Don't Text While Driving Documentary
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