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    Smartphone use While Driving Grows Beyond Texting to Social Media, Web Surfing, Selfies, Video Chatting

    May 19, 2015 3:30 AM by AT&T

    DALLAS, May 19, 2015 — When you see the driver next to you looking at their phone, it’s no longer safe to assume they’re texting. New research1 from AT&T* shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net. And surprisingly, 1-in-10 video chat.

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    Sharing the Dangers of Texting while Driving through Poetry

    February 20, 2015 9:21 AM by José Vadi

    In collaboration with AT&T’s It Can Wait® campaign, Youth Speaks is engaging the young people and local organizations of our national Brave New Voices (BNV) network around the dangers of texting while driving. Texting while driving is estimated to be involved in 200,000+ vehicle crashes each year, often causing injuries and deaths.This issue particularly impacts youth, which is why we’re getting involved and working with teens to talk about the risks through their own words.

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    It Can Wait® from Coast to Coast

    December 10, 2014 9:30 AM by Andrea Brands

    In communities across the country, we delivered our message that no text is worth a life. Since its inception, the It Can Wait campaign has been featured at thousands of events – at pledge signings, simulator demonstrations and presentations from people who were personally affected by texting and driving crashes. We had the privilege to meet extraordinary people over the years, and are humbled by the overwhelming response to the campaign. The outpouring of support in local communities around the country and the people leading this effort in their cities and towns made this campaign a movement, which elevated the campaign to a more personal, meaningful level to people. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, there have been more than 5 million pledges to never text and drive and nearly 2 million downloads of our DriveMode app – and those numbers are continuing to grow every day.

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    Spotlight On: Andrea Brands

    November 26, 2014 8:00 AM by AT&T

    In your day-to-day work, what are you doing to help connect the company with communities and how has this work evolved over the past three years?

    I’m going to sound like a broken record, but social media certainly plays a tremendous role in connecting people and communities now. I personally engage in a lot of activity every day on Twitter and LinkedIn. I am always looking for other organizations that I should be following – from safety to youth organizations and government officials – so I am up to speed on the latest developments. That has been by far the biggest change in the past three years.

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    Europe’s Innovators Win at AT&T’s Connected Intersections Challenge

    November 20, 2014 9:30 AM by Marissa Shorenstein

    Across Europe, finding ways to promote entrepreneurship and innovation to create economic growth is a popular topic of conversation. New ideas can also create solutions to problems.

    Building on our efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving, AT&T introduced Connected Intersections – a global contest that asked developers to improve traffic safety on New York City streets and other urban environments using smartphone technology. For the past four months, developers from around the world created technologies that connect pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and alert them to potential dangers.

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    Together for Safer Roads: Private Sector Global Coalition Focused on Reducing Road Traffic Collisions Launched

    November 17, 2014 9:30 AM by AT&T

    Anheuser-Busch InBev, AIG, AT&T, Chevron, Ericsson, Facebook, IBM, iHeartMedia, PepsiCo, Walmart Found Cross-Sector Initiative Global coalition launched at United Nations aims to combat the 8th leading cause of death worldwide

    Supports goals of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety

    Ten leading, global companies have joined to create Together for Safer Roads – an innovative cross-sector coalition focused on improving road safety and reducing deaths and injuries by road traffic collisions. The founding members are: Anheuser-Busch InBev, AIG, AT&T, Chevron, Ericsson, Facebook, IBM, iHeartMedia, PepsiCo, and Walmart.

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    The “Digital Drug” - What Makes You Text & Drive Despite Known Dangers

    November 10, 2014 4:31 PM by Dr. David Greenfield

    Why do some people text and drive, even when they know it’s dangerous?

    The answer is dopamine, a neurochemical that we experience as pleasure in the midbrain. I call dopamine a “digital drug” because we get a little squirt of it every time we get positive news from a friend or loved one by text, email or social media. Our brain is conditioned to seek that positive “hit”, leading many of us to check for messages compulsively.

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    Are You Compulsive About Texting & Driving? Survey Says...You Could Be

    November 5, 2014 2:08 PM by AT&T

    Expert on Tech Addiction Says Issue Cuts Straight to the Brain

    AT&T DriveMode® App, Now Available for iPhone, Helps Fight the Temptation

    If the ring, beep or buzz of your cell phone triggers an intense urge to respond, and you find yourself reaching for the phone – even when you’re driving – you’re not alone.

    A new survey commissioned by AT&T* and Dr. David Greenfield, founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Connecticut School of Medicine, found that twice as many people as self-reported cell phone addiction are showing compulsive phone behaviors – with three-in-four people admitting to at least glancing at their phones while behind the wheel.

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    Your Tweet, Pledge or App Download Could Save a Life

    October 10, 2014 10:48 AM by Kathy Kramer

    The Texting & Driving ... It Can Wait campaign was created in 2010 to fight the ever-growing issue of texting behind the wheel.

    Since then, we’ve been sharing that message in many ways:

    • Through paid advertising and documentaries featuring people whose lives were forever changed by texting-and-driving crashes;
    • In schools and community events with simulators that show how dangerous texting while driving can be;
    • With a campaign that has inspired more than 5 million pledges never to text while driving;
    • By creating the AT&T DriveMode app and encouraging people to download and use it;
    • And through social media campaigns in which we ask people who understand the dangers and have made a personal commitment to encourage others to find ways to stop texting while driving.

    We received a lot of support – from more than 2,500 organizations and 65,000 individuals who have signed on as advocates for the cause.

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    A Day to Take Action, and to Take Stock

    September 18, 2014 3:54 PM by Cathy Coughlin

    Today is the third annual day of action for Texting & Driving … It Can Wait®. And as we have for the past two years on September 19, today we’re calling on everyone to get involved in the movement to end texting while driving, which is involved in more than 200,000 vehicle crashes each year.1

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