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Final 14.5.12 columbus grant icw release

  1. 1. For more information, contact: Sarah Briggs, AT&T Ohio Office: 614-223-7641 E-mail: 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 across Ohio.” “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.”
  2. 2. 2 “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 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 or stupid. 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: 1 National Safety Council *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. Web Site Links: Related Media Kits: AT&T News AT&T It Can Wait AT&T Facebook AT&T PuedeEsperar Dangers of Text Messaging and Driving
  3. 3. 3 Related Releases: Related Fact Sheets: AT&T Calls on Nation's Drivers to Pledge: Never Text and Drive Parents Can Rule, Kids Can be Cruel, New Mobile Phone Study Reveals 43% of Teens Say they Text & Drive; 77% Say Adults Warn Against Risks; but Text & Drive 'All the Time' 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 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 most reliable 4G LTE 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 service with the AT&T U-verse ® brand. 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 or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at and YouTube at © 2014 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. 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. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.