Shame on you moms and dads! Well, apparently we should all be a little ashamed of the example we're setting for out teens (myself included) according to a new commuter survey conducted by AT&T which showed that teens weren't the only ones driving fast and furiously connected. Matter of fact, it was adult commuters who were all thumbs when it came to safe driving!
We all know that children will model the behavior they see at home, or in this case, behind the wheel so the numbers below should be very sobering.
Nearly half of commuters (49 percent) admitted to texting while driving, a higher rate than reported by teens (43 percent).
They are doing so more than they used to. Six in 10 commuters said they never texted while driving three years ago.
Texting while driving despite knowing the risks. 98% said sending a text or email while driving isn't safe.
For many, it has become a habit. More than 40% of those who admitted to texting while driving called it a habit.
This is all being brought to light as part of AT&T's ItCanWait.com campaign where people take an online pledge to never text and drive and download AT&T's app which helps prevent texting while driving. The bigger picture here is this: distracted driving does kill and if our children see us texting while driving now, imagine how high the numbers of distracted driving related incidents, accidents and deaths will be in the next generation? I feel very strongly that part of our job as parents is to leave an inheritance for our children when we die, whether it is financial, spiritual, non-material and what kind of legacy do we leave if our best example is "don't do as I do, do as I say?"