AT&T, Sounders recognize Northwest Nationals for anti-texting and driving campaign

By Megan Managan | Oct 28, 2013
Courtesy of: Northwest Nationals Premier Soccer Club Northwest Nationals youth soccer player Riki Kobayahi (left), 8 of Mountlake Terrace meets Seattle Sounders FC player DeAndre Yedlin.

Local soccer players from Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace were honored last week for a campaign against texting and driving.

The Northwest Nationals youth soccer club had the best campaign with “Sound Off”, part of the “It Can Wait” program promoted by AT&T and the Seattle Sounders.

The “It Can Wait” program encouraged local Washington Youth Soccer players to lead a no texting when driving pledge drive and to help spread the word to people in the area about the dangers of texting and driving.

As of last week, the state-wide campaign had 1,785 pledges to never text and drive.

“When it comes to texting while driving, “It Can Wait” is the message that we want to score with soccer players and fans in Washington,” said Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin. “Texting and driving is a serious issue with dangerous consequences.”

Yedlin met with members and parents of players in the Northwest Nationals club last week, signing autographs and taking photos in honor of the group’s campaign.

“As a club, Northwest Nationals is a collection of families. Our athletes compete at a high level and, as such, they spend a tremendous amount of time on the road traveling to games and practices,” said Scott Newman, Nationals Director of Coaching. “We encouraged our families to sign the pledge as a way to help keep our roads safer."

"Texting while driving doesn’t only affect teens. In a recent survey conducted by AT&T, nearly half of commuters admitted to texting while driving which is more than teens,” said AT&T Washington State President Bob Bass. “But our research also shows that speaking up can prove to be successful in stopping these behaviors. In fact, 90 percent of survey respondents said they’d stop if someone in the car asked them to. That is why we are encouraging kids to speak up, raise awareness and encourage driving members of their families to make a commitment to drive focused and distraction-free."

Texting while driving is illegal in Washington, which can result in a ticket if pulled over.

To learn more about “It Can Wait” visit the itcanwait.com website.

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