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Buying an iPhone5? Don't use it to text and drive.

Whether or not you are one of Michigan's iPhone fanatics, you likely know that the newest reincarnation of the popular Smartphone hit stores today prompting people to stand in long lines throughout the country. Leading up to the launch, the chairman and chief executive of one of the phone's carriers has been publicizing an important safety message: don't text and drive.

The AT&T exec has reportedly been pushing this campaign quite frequently lately, including at investors' conferences, shareholder meetings, town halls and more. And, this is not the only cell phone carrier to speak out against distracted driving. T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint all have apps available that will automatically disable texting when the phone is traveling more than 25 mph--in a car, for example.

Unfortunately, there is no such app available for iPhones.

AT&T actually launched the public awareness campaign against texting and driving in 2010, but it is now picking up steam. The campaign includes videos and commercials meant to discourage people from the dangerous habit.

Thirty-nine states currently have texting while driving bans, but research shows these laws have not stopped people from actually doing this. This is quite concerning because research also suggests that a texting driver is more dangerous than a drunk one.

According to AT&T, someone is injured or killed every 5 minutes in the U.S. because of texting and driving.

Here in Michigan, drivers must refrain from distraction while driving. When drivers are distracted, they are a risk to themselves and to everyone else on and near the roads.

Source: New York Times, "AT&T Chief Speaks Out on Texting at the Wheel," Matt Richtel, Sept. 19, 2012.

  • Our firm helps recover compensation for victims of car accidents. To learn more, visit our Ann Arbor Car Accident page.

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