It Can Wait

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It Can Wait

No text is worth the risk.

Everybody loves their smartphone. Everybody loves getting text messages. But some of us love them too much. If you find yourself speeding down the highway texting to friends or watching videos on your cell phone, you've transitioned from technophile to the digital equivalent of a drunk driver. It's unlikely anything your phone beeps at you is worth risking your life, or the lives of those on the road with you.

That's why we here at The Escapist are asking you to take the "It Can Wait" pledge. Here's the pledge: "No text message, email, website, or video is worth the risk of endangering my life or the lives of others on the road. I pledge to never text and drive and will take action to educate others about the dangers of texting while driving. No text is worth the risk. It can wait."

If you agree, click on over to www.ItCanWait.com and pledge today. Wanting to take your pledge to the NEXT LEVEL? Individuals interested in doing more can sign up to become a "Personal Advocate" for the cause after pledging at ItCanWait.com where they will join a band of loyal supporters who are actively making a difference online and offline in their communities by spreading the It Can Wait message. Since 78% of teen drivers say they're likely to not text and drive if friends tell them it's wrong or stupid, we think we can make a big impact.

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I'm for this.

Ireland has massive issues with deaths on roads all over the country, I can't see the harm in a drive[1] like this

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It really can.

Not only it saves lives, but it saves me from sitting through traffic for an hour.

Diablo1099:
I'm for this.

Ireland has massive issues with deaths on roads all over the country, I can't see the harm in a drive[1] like this

You should be in a 'cell' for this.

[1] PUN!

I don't really see how anyone could disagree with this? So yeah! I'm all for not texting and driving.

mysecondlife:

Diablo1099:
I'm for this.

Ireland has massive issues with deaths on roads all over the country, I can't see the harm in a drive[1] like this

You should be in a 'cell' for this.

Wah!? Where is my one Phone call?! D:

[1] PUN!

It's sad that so many people lack good judgement and actually have to be told that.

It's obvious in life and death situations, but it can also be very annoying in other situations, such as watching a movie and ruining it for themselves and anyone who gets distracted by its blinding light.

I never understood that kind of people, and I probably never will.

Losing two friends in one horrific car accident due to a total fuckup on their part, 3 years later I can still feel the pain of loss like it was yesterday. I support this wholeheartedly. And I'm also anti-drunk/buzzed driving as well. Do your shit responsibly people and seriously stop being in a hurry so damn much. You might find your life is over before you're ready for it and that is no fucking joke.

So...it's like the 'no sex till marriage pledge?',

Everyone breaks it, and will find ways to 'justify' some kind of loopholes (anal/oral/etc)?

Because, lets face it, those of us who already don't do this don't need to make any kind of 'pledge' not to be an idiot while driving.
-We're too busy watching out of morons who text, drive, and nearly t-bone us.

I can't even get my phone out of my pocket when driving, because I'm too paranoid to take a hand off the wheel for longer than three seconds. It means all I can do is turn on the radio and change the station. :P

So sure, I'll take the pledge. It's a bit sad that we have to say this out loud because people are doing it.

Tanis:
So...it's like the 'no sex till marriage pledge?',

Everyone breaks it, and will find ways to 'justify' some kind of loopholes (anal/oral/etc)?

Because, lets face it, those of us who already don't do this don't need to make any kind of 'pledge' not to be an idiot while driving.
-We're too busy watching out of morons who text, drive, and nearly t-bone us.

There's no harm in encouraging more people not to be idiots while driving. I've seen otherwise smart people try to check their messages while driving and I literally have to take their phone and put it where they cannot reach. Even if one person doesn't learn, if their friends and family get the message they're way more likely to take affirmative action and prevent the people they like from making poor life decisions. I can't block a hook-up but I can prevent them from doing something that is totally illegal where I live.

TopazFusion:
But it's already illegal (at least in New Zealand).

So, while it's a nice thought, (the pledge), anyone who uses their phone/tablet/whatever while driving, is breaking the law anyway.

I was about to come in and say this. It's already not allowed here. I couldn't tell you how many people still do it, though, because they're being stupid and want a fine (or in the worst case scenario, to kill themselves or others), but granted there would be some. It's pretty heavily marketed against though.

This reminds me whenever one of my friends are driving and they take their phone out to check a message I tend to snatch it away from them and always repeat the same thing:

"My life and your life is not worth a few words."

I mean really, will the person absolutely lose it if they don't look at a text immediately?

There was another thread where people were arguing, "Are people dumber now than in the Victorian Age?" I say it's not even a contest. Seriously? We have to have Public Service Announcements about not messing with electronic devices while driving. We are completely brainless as a society.

Much better than the last big sponsored message. If more like this pop up and fewer bullshit "Dorm Room customization" ads pop up, I'll be content. That reminds me, I wonder if that one old friend of mine who went comatose because of a texting-related accident is awake...

It really pisses me off that people don't pay attention to the road when operating a multi-ton vehicle.

I need to find that clip of Jeremy Clarkson drifting while reading...

The fact that people have to be told to not do something so distracting while driving a two ton steel bullet is astounding.
The very fact that these ad's exist speaks volumes about us as a society.

Well, for once its alraedy illegal.
and really i have no time to text while driving, i have to watch out for road rage taxi drivers and other people who drive while texting, or actually working on thier damn laptop. seriously, i saw people driving with laptop on thier lap, and when they stop at red light they start typing.
If i get a message i ignore, if i get a call i stop on the side of the road.

Yep, this seems like a good cause. Texting and driving is one of the stupidest things you can realistically do, so getting people to not do it can only be a good thing.

I think its amazing that they got a PSA directed by Werner Herzog but who are they going to get a PSA about the dangers of working with Werner Herzog.

Don't worry. I gave up texting and driving when I found it was just too difficult to juggle a shotgun a bottle of Jack Daniels a hamburger my Kendal AND a phone all at the same time.

Surprising how many people still text and drive, considering the risks, hell, if you have to text/call back, pull over.

Ireland has had enough death on the roads, its hard to not see memorial plaques on the roads on the site of an accident.

so inspiring.
i have to tweet that to all the people i know while driving in my suv.

This is a good thing, albeit a bit sad that it's even needed.

I find this line a tad disturbing though:

Since 78% of teen drivers say they're likely to not text and drive if friends tell them it's wrong or stupid

Saying that they apparently agree that it's wrong or stupid, yet they won't actually stop doing it unless there's social pressure to do so?

Maybe we should upgrade navigation systems to occasionally spout lines to not text and drive if people forget such things so easily?

Whilst it is already illegal here, I can still definitely support this. Still hear about too many accidents on roads caused by idiots driving whilst hugely distracted by their mobile phone.

Tanis:
So...it's like the 'no sex till marriage pledge?',

Everyone breaks it, and will find ways to 'justify' some kind of loopholes (anal/oral/etc)?

Because, lets face it, those of us who already don't do this don't need to make any kind of 'pledge' not to be an idiot while driving.
-We're too busy watching out of morons who text, drive, and nearly t-bone us.

That's what I thought of when I saw this, pledges don't really do anything except raise a bit of awareness. But people will just revert to their old ways when it is convenient because they honestly don't care or understand.

Plus it's already illegal to use a phone whilst driving in the UK methinks. And if people only do stuff to avoid a fine and points on their license they are doing so for the wrong reasons.

Diablo1099:

mysecondlife:

Diablo1099:
I'm for this.

Ireland has massive issues with deaths on roads all over the country, I can't see the harm in a drive[1] like this

You should be in a 'cell' for this.

Wah!? Where is my one Phone call?! D:

sunglasses.exe

it can wait.

OT, yea, I've dealt with enough dumbass drivers who have their phones surgically attached to their hands, just yesterday while it was raining I was nearly in two accidents, both from people pulling out in front of me, the first was a mother and the second was a couple of college douchebags who I should of rammed with two tonnes of FUCK YOU! ... I mean my truck.

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I've no reason to pledge to do this, since I believe the whole "it can wait" thing is called common sense and courtesy. Shame it's getting increasingly rare.

On one hand, it's a good message, on the other, Big Corporations are telling it to me and that makes me want to spite them.

....I may have a problem.

Kevlar Eater:
I've no reason to pledge to do this, since I believe the whole "it can wait" thing is called common sense and courtesy. Shame it's getting increasingly rare.

I don't text, don't even have a phone that can do it so I also have no reason to. Calling someone seems a much better means of communication that makes texting outdated.

Talking on the cell phone is also illegal here, the problem is, people talk, text and all that and the cops don't pull them over, even when they see them. The police are the problem, as well as the law - make this a "rip your driving license in half" offense at the spot, pull over anyone who does it and let's see how many idiots still do this in a year or so.

Bus drivers are the worst where I live (with the cab drivers not far behind). They talk all the time, seen them text too and hell, they sometimes even take a newspaper, spread it across the wheel and read it as they drive. I wanna punch them in the face whenever I see them, but I'm just going to start taking pictures of them with my phone and reporting the shit out of them cause I'm sick of it.

Wait, AT&T/Verizon/T-Mobile/Sprint paid you money to tell us to not use their products?

I'll have to wait until I get to a stop sign or something, but I'll sign it then!

Seems so obvious. Where I'm from its plain illegal to use a phone while driving. You lose 3 points off your license and there's a 190€ fine.
Driving can be dangerous. Doesn't it make to sense to pay attention?!?!

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