Texting Awareness Foundation Addresses Ways to Have a Fun and Safe Summer: Don’t Text and Drive

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Texting Awareness Foundation responds to an article explaining the importance of safety to make sure individuals don’t text and drive.

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With the summer rapidly approaching, people are relaxing and cutting loose - but it is important to remember to stay safe while driving...

On June 11, 2013, the Texting Awareness Foundation responds to an article which discusses the importance of summer safety. The Texting Awareness Foundation believes it is imperative for drivers to exercise caution when deciding whether to get behind the wheel. It is equally important that individuals, whatever they do, don’t text and drive, in order to minimize risks.

According to an article in Newsday, there are many seemingly harmless factors that pose substantial risks to partygoers this summer. A party host can go a long way to make sure guests have a fun and safe experience, especially by ensuring no guests leave intoxicated.

If they do, and get into an accident, the host may be asking for a lawsuit. Vice President of ACE Private Risk Services, Bob Welther, believes party hosts should “consider hiring professional bartenders with instructions to stop serving guests who've had enough. Know the number of a local car service in case a guest can't safely drive home." Taking this extra step will not only guarantee a safe and enjoyable social event but the avoidance of a lawsuit.

Aside from summer carousals, swimming is a popular way for people to escape the heat of the day. However, pool goers have to be careful so as to not overestimate the swimming capabilities of their guests. Property specialist at Travelers and Hartford, Jim Gustin, believes "all new swimmers should be accompanied by someone familiar with water lifesaving skills."

Traffic in the summer is also a potentially greater-than-usual risk factor. There are many people who are out and about. Whether they’re on the way to the beach, or just cruising with the windows down; one must be careful while operating a vehicle. Drivers have to avoid all external activities while behind the wheel in order to not invite any potential distractions.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while operating a vehicle is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. Rocco Panetta, spokesperson from the Texting Awareness Foundation, offers his own input on summertime safety: “With summer rapidly approaching, people are relaxing and cutting loose – but it is important to remember stay safe while driving. For the sake of yourself, and other drivers, don’t drink and drive; don’t text and drive.

The Texting Awareness Foundation is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was created to remind and educate people about the dangers of texting and driving. Our goal is to keep the public informed, on a daily basis, of the possible legal and physical (body and property) dangers of texting and driving. Our “Remind You” campaign is designed to reduce accidents simply by raising awareness.

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