Posted June 12, 2013 4:37 p.m. CDT
Last year, Union Pacific Special Agent Jeff Soyez responded to a catastrophic accident involving a motorist. The driver had rear-ended a semi-truck that slowed because of another traffic incident ahead. The accident report indicated the driver, who was fatally injured, had been texting and could not brake quickly enough to avoid hitting the truck.
The accident deeply affected Soyez. He shared his feeling with his wife, and together they made a pledge: No texting while driving – both on and off the job.
Today UP launched a campaign asking all its employees and their families to make the same pledge. And now we're asking you, too.
The pledge kicks off just in time for Father's Day. Fathers and grandfathers can send loved ones an email to take the pledge for Father's Day, which also encourages them to tell others why they won't respond to texts while driving.
Everyone – fathers, mothers, grandparents, aunts and uncles – can support this initiative by taking the pledge themselves. The pledge consists of selecting techniques to ensure drivers don’t become tempted to text and drive:
Afterward, send your stories, including a family photo or video about how the pledge was discussed with loved ones, to C2C@UP.com.
Texting while driving ranks as one of the largest safety risks, both at work and at home. Plenty of studies prove it:
Have the Courage to Care™ – after all, no text message is worth losing a life.
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