Illinois 4-H Joins AT&T in the "It Can Wait" Campaign Against Texting While Driving
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2013
– Illinois 4-H announced this week that it will join AT&T in the "It Can
Wait" campaign as its members encourage drivers to take the pledge not to text
members are asking drivers to help make the state safer and to save lives by
sending a simple text message. To take the pledge, anyone can text "4H4ICW" to
"50555." Standard text and data rates apply.
"It's a small
way to make a big difference," said Angie Barnard, executive director for the
Illinois 4-H Foundation.
when AT&T approached Illinois 4-H about partnering with the company during
the month-long initiative to curb distracted driving, leaders saw this as a
"perfect fit" in meeting one of 4-H's goals to promote advocacy skills in its
presented these facts in the effort to end texting and driving:
than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting (Source: National
percent of teens say texting and driving is "common" among their friends
(Source: AT&T Wireless Survey)
percent of teen drivers say texting while driving is dangerous ― yet 43 percent
admit to doing it. (Source: AT&T Teen Driver Survey)
of Illinois 4-H are committed to making a difference in the 'It Can Wait'
campaign, and we will be encouraging friends and family members to take the
pledge to never text and drive," said Barnard. "We're excited to spread the
message through the state with our 23,000 members in 1,250 4-H clubs."
results of the Illinois 4-H text pledge campaign will be announced on Sept. 19,
the national "Drive 4 Pledges Day" in the "It Can Wait" campaign.
we want to save lives. We recognize that texting while driving is not
only dangerous, it can be deadly. That's why we continue to spread the message
that when it comes to texting and driving ― 'It Can Wait,'" said AT&T
Illinois President Paul La Schiazza. "We welcome the energy and influence of
Illinois 4-H members among their peers and their family members as they help
encourage more pledges against texting while driving leading up to the Sept.
19th 'Drive 4 Pledges Day' in our national campaign."
announcement was made Tuesday at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, IL, in
a presentation by Illinois 4-H and AT&T officials.
To learn more
about the dangers of texting while driving and the "It Can Wait" campaign
against it, visit ItCanWait.com.
Editor's note: A photo of the campaign launch can be found
Source: Angie Barnard, Director of Development, firstname.lastname@example.org