Middlesex County DA Joins With AT&T On Anti-Texting Program

WOBURN (AP) – The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and AT&T are working together on a program aimed at educating drivers — especially teens — on the danger of texting while driving.

The “It Can Wait” campaign includes a documentary produced by AT&T featuring stories from people whose lives have been altered by texting while driving. AT&T has been working with community leaders around the country on similar education programs.

The first program will be presented Monday for students at Woburn High School. Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and AT&T Regional Vice President David Mancuso are scheduled to speak. Students will be asked to sign a pledge stating that they will not text and drive.

AT&T first began the “It Can Wait” campaign in March 2010. So far, more than 21,600 people have taken the pledge.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • CallingItFair

    I’m glad to see this, and hope it makes a difference. However, I do not like how they constantly target teens as the main culprits. As a daily commuter to Boston from the south shore, I see COUNTLESS white collar workers scrolling through their blackberries on their way to or from work. Seriously, it’s 6 in the morning; it can’t wait until you get to the office? I see far more adults going at it on their blackberries than I see teens texting. Not saying they don’t do it, because I do see them, just not as many as adults.

  • emom

    I have seen way to many teens on a cell texting,,, that looking down toward your lap to see incoming messages… cells to the ears,,, being held by the RIGHT HAND or their SHOULDER. So unsafe ,,,, As much as they THINK they will be able to pull this off, we know they will continue. As for targeting TEENS I s see the rational with that.. Sure many adults us their cells and blackberries while driving,,, BUT where do you think the teens have learned it from. Targeting teens showing them the dangers that their parents DO NOT WANT TO RELAIZE , just slow them down from continuing to use them while driving…. After all kids follow what the adults do , either their parents or someone else’s,…THAT’S THE REALITY OF IT.

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