of industry leadership in support of safe driving initiatives
In 2000, Verizon Wireless broke from the industry and became the first wireless carrier to step up and support state legislation banning hand-held cell phone use while driving. As part of this effort, we developed a pioneering Responsible Driver Action Plan, which incorporated commitments to include responsible driving messages in company advertising and customer communications.
We're still leading safe driving initiatives today, advocating for common-sense legislation and spearheading consumer education efforts to raise awareness about driving responsibly. We reach out to drivers of all ages with initiatives like Save It Seattle, where we teamed up with professional football player Russell Wilson to encourage high school kids to pledge not to text and drive. We actively seek technology solutions like Safely Go, an innovative app that helps facilitate responsible driving. Advocacy, public awareness and innovation: it's the Verizon Wireless tradition of leadership in responsible driving.
increased likelihood of being in an accident if texting while driving compared to driving while not distractedSource: distraction.gov
of American adults think sending text messages or e-mails while driving is distracting, dangerous and should be outlawedSource: textfreedriving.org
in the U.S. have laws that ban sending text messages while drivingSource: distraction.gov
of kids age 12-17 have been in a car while the driver was textingSource: distraction.gov
pass when a driver's eyes leave the road to text - at 55 mph, it's like driving the length of a football field blindSource: distraction.gov
of drivers ages 21-24 send text messages and emails while drivingSource: distraction.gov
Even when you know the facts about texting and driving, it can be hard not to check or respond to messages while you're on the road. The Safely Go app automatically receives and responds to your calls and texts, so you can focus on driving and stay responsibly connected.
At Verizon Wireless, we proudly team up with other members of the wireless industry and participate in a number of awareness campaigns ithat educate the public about the risks of texting and driving. Through leadership and strong alliances, we can get the message out: Remember, no text is worth the risk.
Experience teaches us that technology innovation will provide more opportunities to address public safety issues like texting and driving. And we're committed to putting our sharpest minds to the task. We aim to continue our work with partners, stakeholders and experts in numerous fields to help find powerful answers to this complex social challenge.