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Aug 17, 2012

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, A. Philip Randolph Institute and National Council of Negro Women Join Together to Commend “It Can Wait” Initiative

Washington D.C. – Beginning today, AT&T will step-up their efforts to stop the dangerous and deadly activity of texting and driving by encouraging drivers to be responsible and sign a pledge on the website www.itcanwait.com. Noting that this positive, much-needed measure will help to limit the increasing number of accidents stemming from distracted drivers, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) have joined together to praise AT&T’s “It Can Wait” Initiative:

“With thousands of accidents every year injuring countless people, we need to put a stop to texting while driving. By asking individuals to take responsibility for their actions, and signing a pledge on its website, AT&T is being a leader in this space and shining a light on a difficult topic,” said Clayola Brown, president and CEO of APRI. “Although it may seem like an urgent message, It Can Wait until you get to your destination.”

Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever, executive director of NCNW, “We are pleased with this effort made by AT&T. As a community-based organization, NCNW sees the benefit from informing families and youths of irresponsible behavior and how we can work together to change it. Texting while driving has become a serious issue and we encourage our members to be vigilant against the practice.”

Agreeing with Brown and Jones-DeWeever, Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) adds, “Adoption of mobile technology and applications stemming from those devices has increased sharply in the past few years, especially in communities of color. Texting is a part of everyday life but it is important that we maintain our safety and the safety of others while communicating.” Campbell continues, “Answering a text or call is not worth the risk of losing your life, or endangering the lives of others on the road.”

For more information or to join the movement to save lives and stop texting while driving visit www.itcanwait.com.

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