Tuesday, September 3, 2013
National Auto Body Council Joins AT&T and Other Wireless Carriers to Promote Anti-Texting and Driving Campaign
As an advocate of the It Can Wait movement, the National Auto Body Council issued a call today for its members and others in the collision repair industry to join the nationwide effort to curb texting and driving on Drive 4 Pledges Day, September 19.
Drive 4 Pledges Day is a national day of action that aims to have every driver make a personal commitment to never text and drive and to also recruit others to do the same.
The NABC is urging drivers to make the pledge online at www.go-att.us/NABC, a dedicated link created by AT&T specifically for the National Auto Body Council’s efforts. The campaign is a collaborative effort between major wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.
As part of the nationwide Drive 4 Pledges Day, NABC member companies will be implementing a variety of promotional events in their local communities to educate employees and the general public — particularly teens —about the dangers of texting while driving.
“This is one of the most important issues facing our communities today,” said Chuck Sulkala, Executive Director of the National Auto Body Council. “Our collision industry knows far too well the impact of texting and driving. We can salvage vehicles but we cannot salvage a life. We urge our friends and colleagues in our industry to take a leadership role and join us to help save lives.”
While texting is by far the biggest distraction on the road right now, the National Auto Body Council notes that any driving distraction is dangerous, including phone calls, reading e-mails, eating behind the wheel, changing CDs, applying makeup, and other activities.
“We need to educate and reinforce this message within our own companies, our employees, those who drive fleet vehicles and company cars, about the potential dangers of texting and other distracted driving habits,” said Mark Lovell, Chair of the NABC’s Distracted Driving Committee. “We encourage all drivers to ensure safety for all by taking the It Can Wait pledge not to text and drive or engage in any distracted driving behaviors.”
Videos and informational resources about the national anti-texting and driving campaign are available at ItCanWait.com. For more information about NABC’s Distracted Driving initiative and or how to implement a program locally, contact Mark Lovell at (206) 643-5137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.