Claremore Daily Progress

Oologah/Talala

September 20, 2012

Oologah-Talala hosts ‘No Text On Board’ pledge

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• AT&T employees and organizations including National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), Big Brothers Big Sisters and DECA are working together to provide no-texting-and-driving information to every high school in America. 
• The company awarded more than $30,000 in prizes to app developers participating in a hackathon to develop technology solutions to help curb texting and driving.
Making a difference
• Polling shows that awareness of AT&T’s It Can Wait message has doubled since the beginning of June 2012, and one in three people say texting while driving messages have an impact on their habits. 
• More than 500,000 no-texting-while-driving pledges have been logged through ItCanWait.com, social sites including Facebook, text-to-pledge and events. 
• The AT&T DriveMode 2 app has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. Going forward, the campaign will further harness social connections and the power of technology to help curb texting while driving.  
• Today, the company is introducing an online simulation experience at ItCanWait.com that allows anyone to get behind the wheel, virtually, and see what happens when you text and drive.
• The company will fund third-party research on behavioral factors linked to texting and driving, and potential technology solutions that address those issues.
• Through pledges taken at Causes.com, AT&T will contribute up to $50,000 to NOYS.  
• The company is poised to release an auto-on/off enhancement to its AT&T DriveMode, a free safe-driving app, on Sept. 30.
• AT&T has challenged wireless device makers and app developers to equip every new device with a pre-loaded, no-text-and-drive solution. 
• It Can Wait is a national movement tapping into the power of social media and personal networks to make texting and driving as unacceptable as drinking and driving.  It urges drivers to visit www.ItCanWait.com, where they can pledge not to text and drive, and share their pledge with others via Twitter (#ItCanWait) and Facebook.  It also offers a host of educational resources and information on the issue – including a documentary featuring families impacted by texting and driving accidents that has been viewed more than 3 million times.

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