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Last Updated: December 17th, 2012

Winners Selected - congratulations to [DC]_MAKER!

Want a chance to win a brand-new Galaxy S III from AT&T and Android Police? Today, you can! As part of the 'It Can Wait' campaign, we're giving away a red AT&T Galaxy S III complete with an anti-texting and driving accessory pack.

It Can Wait

Texting and driving is bad. You shouldn't do it. AT&T agrees, and to date, they've managed to get over a million people to sign a pledge promising not to text and drive. It may sound a little trivial or silly, but texting and driving maims - and even kills - far too many people. In the US alone, 100,000 texting-related accidents occur every year. Looking away for even a couple seconds while on the road at speed is dangerous. Looking away with one hand on the wheel, while your focus is on hitting a tiny little virtual key? That's potentially lethal.

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A few years ago, I was involved in a collision that occurred because I was mentally distracted, and luckily, both I and the other driver walked away without injury - though my car was totaled. I've been a lot more cautious since, and realize I was extremely fortunate that it didn't end worse. Don't text and drive, and don't drive distracted. Remember, you're operating a high-speed, multi-ton piece of machinery - not a bumper car.

You can also check out the 'It Can Wait' texting and driving simulator, which shows you the consequences of texting while driving.

The Giveaway

To raise awareness about this serious issue, we're giving away free stuff! You can win a Galaxy S III 'It Can Wait' pack, which includes all the following neat stuff:

  • One AT&T Galaxy S III, in red
  • An 'It Can Wait' Galaxy S III case
  • An 'It Can Wait" t-shirt
  • 2 'It Can Wait' thumbbands (to remind your thumbs)
  • 2 'It Can Wait' stickers
  • A Skinit coupon for a free large skin

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Entering is simple - just leave a comment on this post, and record your entry in the Rafflecopter widget below. This contest is for US residents only. The contest ends at midnight on Friday, December 14th.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • compupolis

    I definitely do not text and drive.

  • Pierre Gardin

    good cause!

  • http://project3825.blogspot.com/ 3825

    I don't drive very often.

  • LoSesMC

    Yes it can wait, but I'd like to wait for that free SIII!

  • abhisahara

    Dont Text while Driving.....its that simple!

  • Josh

    i need this!! google now and s voice instead of manually texting..

  • http://tr.im/delgado Jason D.

    I saw them passing out stuff in my local movie theater on this... I'm all for it,... winning free stuff that is :D

  • Josh

    texting and driving is not a great idea. its not worth the risk!!1

  • http://jewelfox.dreamwidth.org/ Taryn Fox

    I don't even have a driver's license. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/PrietoPR Miguel Morales Prieto

    don't text and drive you can save a life

  • http://profiles.google.com/mr.greenglue Michael S.

    Good idea!

  • http://twitter.com/disengageauto Andwele

    Texting while driving is liking trying to win a land war in asia, a death sentence.

  • mobilemail

    I drive regionally every week for work, and I can attest that the texters are really dangerous. If you think you can safely text and drive, you are wrong! Don't be arrogant, just stop.

  • James Jacobs

    Great PSA, kuddo's.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanessa.vigue Vanessa Vigue

    Good luck, everyone!

  • Pegasus195

    why only for US???????

  • Rolando Diaz

    I never text while driving but, I still pledge to not text while driving , be safe on the road.

  • Jeppe Rune Mortensen

    I never win anything :(

  • http://twitter.com/Blanktales Blank slate

    Very good way to get people to pay attention.

  • Dustin Guest

    Texting and driving alost killed my friend a month ago. She just got out of the hospital. It sucks, like customer service.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=529923726 Shawn Rutherford

    Great effort by AT&T.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

    I'm all for it. Great initiative.

  • http://twitter.com/Spazmonic Spazmonic

    OOOOO, Why do I fall in love with the Red. Don't text and drive kids. Sister in law lost her life that way.

    • DCMAKER

      kid in my school crashed while playing pokemon because they had a competition to see who could win a pokey battle from scratch with two weeks to level and catch em all lol. losers

      • Cherokee4Life

        OH MY GOSH..

        a) I was about to say this
        b) We are talking about the same kid...
        c) I was in that Pokemon battle!

        • DCMAKER

          ahh come on he was a really nice guy....granted that one incident was really dumb.

          I have had to harp on my wife for like 2 years to get her to stop texting (that was when we were dating) Though she always did it where we live which is super rule roads....worse would happen you could hit a deer, dog, or cat but still stupid

        • DCMAKER

          odd my comment didn't post

          This is what i remember saying or close to it:

          Oh come on. that guy was pretty nice guy....granted that one incident was really dumb but he was a pretty cool nice guy.

          Thought i said some other things but can't remember oh well

  • http://www.facebook.com/catatonic82 Russ Mills

    Don't text and drive, and mmmmkay.

  • Ken R

    Great cause! I want one!

  • http://twitter.com/Aftashok Large Tunechi

    good cause. great giveaway. count me in.

  • sauron3236

    Would love to win the phone for my dad. He's been wanting a galaxy phone since he discovered the S II when it came out.

  • DCMAKER

    yea i almost got hit once by some bimbo talking on the phone...totally clueless and cut me off about 20 MPH slower than me on the high way. Of course i flipped her the bird

  • jpfrasier

    Thanks to AT&T and Android Police for this giveaway and for this campaign. It is amazing how addicted we become to that notification sound when we receive a text and feel that it must be addressed immediately. Every single one of us has done it, saw someone doing it, or knows someone who does it regularly. It's amazing that more accidents don't occur.

  • http://twitter.com/albertohamade Alberto Hamade

    in like flint.

  • Travis Shepherd

    Just about hit a deer reading this article! Don't use the phone at all, wish I had those thumb bands. :-)

  • tagrzadz

    I can't think of a better way to promote a great cause!

  • andrew__des_moines

    count me in

  • James Legault

    See way too many people txt'ing and driving. Drives me nuts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roninmoto Joel Betterly

    Texting and Driving...I don't think so.

  • Mark

    Great cause, great phone!

  • Cherokee4Life

    When I was younger I would be proud of my ability to drive and text without looking. (without looking at the phone not the road). But now that I have aged a few I realized it's really not worth it. I understand it's not as bad as some people make it out to be and I think companies go overboard with it sometimes but texting doesn't help your driving at all.

    And honestly AT&T campaign should be...
    "Don't Text and Drive... or Google search $#!@, or Download Apps, or pretty much anything on your phone except calls and Navigation!"

  • Dewey Spicer

    My wife is a text while driving person and I'm always telling her "either text or drive" but she says she's capable. Sadly, it will take atty least a wreck for her to learn her lesson (and sadly, she has plenty of company in that regard).

  • will

    awesome

  • Justwill1987

    Hey im am employee for At&T and earlier this year back in February i was actually on my way to work on the highway. I was caught in a steady pace traffic when out the corner of my view i noticed someone who focus was on texting instead of the road. They were slowly inching towards my lane and i started to honk the horn but it was to late. BAM! They clipped the front of my car causing me to spin out of control in which i manage to steer myself from collisions with others and ran into a wall knocking out from the impact but, before i blacked out the car did not stop just speed off. Woke up to a cop and four civilians standing at my door side pulling me out asking if i was ok. I was shakened up a bit and my car was total from the back but i asked the police if it was still drivable for me to get to work. The person who hit me never stopped. I still managed to be alive and make it to work to this day and since then i hand every customer a "it can wait" sticker to support and promote....

  • Taylor Kirk

    Perfect timing, if I win. My Skyrocket just developed a crack. Thumbs crossed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/isaac.mann83 Isaac Mann

    Great cause!

  • jbo1018

    I never understood how people could text and drive. I just couldn't do it. Now that I'm older I'm glad I couldn't and never even consider it anymore.

  • Andy Lartigue

    Thanks for the PSA. Texting and driving is bad news for all. I seen enough accidents.

  • ssj4gogeta2003

    Just wait until they make a texting app for that windshield screen in Ghost Protocol

  • Seth Moore

    A good cause, and I could sure use a new phone.

  • Memory Dump

    I don't drive but.. I pledge nonetheless

  • ishkatar

    Nice message...

  • Niks

    Best advice...

  • Jason Tully

    A great message to convey along with a great phone!

  • http://twitter.com/ashutos1997 ashutos jain

    galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 (maps comparison) = galaxy S3 win's

  • http://twitter.com/RobotDevil666 Robot Devil

    I hardly ever text and drive...probably should never do it....It's dangerous..

  • Patrick

    dont you ever....ever....text and drive....ever.........................................................................

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    Dudes, texting and driving is dangerous. That's why I only play Angry Birds behind the wheel.

  • Greg Welling

    Don't text and drive!

  • inzandity

    Awesome giveaway

  • strikeir13

    Gtalking and driving is the same as texting and driving!

  • bender23

    I'm in!

  • sung

    Text and driving don't mix

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1322713647 Andy Rhine

    Yep, almost hit a bridge here. Stopped me for a while!

  • DanSan

    the honey's can wait until im done driving to text me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.moore.140193 David Moore

    don't text and drive

  • Shawn Crowell

    I would like to win this!! God knows I need a new phone and contract expires 2014 of January

  • qbert1111

    cool beans. I'm still alive so i don't text and drive.

  • MoDat

    I've been guilty a few times. You guys are right though, better to let it wait then take a chance

  • http://www.tetonmtb.com/ Dana

    I'll take one

  • nmw407

    let's also add to that... no putting on makeup and driving, and no reading the newspaper and driving!

  • http://twitter.com/hollyhock Holly Paddock

    Texting and driving is never worth it. It CAN wait. And if it can't... Just pull over to a safe place. END OF STORY! Have a nice day. :)

  • Balu

    i will take one

  • http://twitter.com/AlexDeGruven Nathan

    Ooh. I need an AT&T Android phone. Very much badly. My work iPhone has been getting on my nerves too much. I'd much rather dual-wield SGSIIIs.

  • Jennifer May

    This is a great idea!

  • Bryson

    Awesome giveaway, I could do a little educating in exchange

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710826586 Ernesto Harler

    Don't text and derive!

  • techdan1989

    The texting can wait...the S3 can not...send it on my way!

  • BikerBob1789

    winner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/spartan.gt Spartan GT

    Dont text and drive

  • Cuvis

    I had a friend who seriously fucked up her car by rear-ending someone else while texting. Fortunately it was a low-speed collision, so she was OK. Still, DON'T DO IT!

  • Scott

    Texting and driving is just stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcus.blough Marcus Blough

    Don't put your life and the lives of others at risk.

  • ArKay

    Texting and Driving is a real bad combo people.

    Look at all the YouTube Texting and Walking accidents then add thousands of pounds of metal into the equation moving far, far faster than you can run, let alone walk.

    All bad.

  • agl82

    No texting while driving! I care about others.

  • Myron Jones

    Texting and driving is definitely taking a chance that's hardly worth it. "It can wait" is completely appropriate. Cell phones have ushered in a ridiculous amount of urgency when it comes to small things. If I win, I'll totally rock the thumb bands!

  • David Wiebe

    I think the only way to stop me from sending sms's while I'm driving is to give me the phone! :P I kid I kid.

  • stewartsoda

    I never text and drive. Everyone is so fixated on texting and driving, what about email? Twitter?
    Didn't we already have distracted driving laws? Why do we need more?

  • TD

    I wish more people would stop texting and driving. Seems like I see it all the time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=654061862 Mihai Martin

    Great!

  • SickoPsycho

    I have almost died doing it- I stopped before it became illegal in my state... =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/coreywilliam Corey Close

    Such a dumb thing to do

  • dapbmonkey4u

    I can get behind this cause. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/penumakafun Ravi Kumar

    Good work Police :)

  • http://twitter.com/jibust Jose Bustillo

    Well, I never win one of these giveaways. Maybe this time I'll get lucky!

  • Zach Welch

    nice job AP.

  • Daniel Moore

    As soon as we get done with ensuring no one texts while driving can we please have a nation wide ban on non-hands free talking in the car?

  • RonPodovich

    I want to win this

  • GraveUypo

    my cousin's lost his car's rear bumper because of an idiot that was texting on his stupid hiphone just recently. to be honest most people driving today shouldn't even be allowed to imo. we need more rigorous driver's license tests. Finland has it right.

    people can't even drive properly when they're focusing on it and try to multitask / drive when under effect of attention-diluting shit. freaking idiots. if it wasn't for these retards the speed limit on highways would be upwards of 120mph :|

    ps: i'm not eligible for this, just commenting.

  • http://twitter.com/kilahimm Matt Mihalik

    Happy to see a campaign like this.

  • ElfirBFG

    I got a text.

    Pull over.

    No, it's a Cardigan, but I should get off the road to respond.

  • http://www.facebook.com/santinor Santino Raimondi

    I have my Android device set to Auto reply: "Driving, I'll get back to you when I can safely reply." Whenever it connects to my Bluetooth stereo. I have gotten quit a few reactions from it. I have to set a good example to the yonger people in my family.

  • http://twitter.com/glucero0 Gary Lucero

    me want phone!. me no talk phone in car. bad no do

  • Kevin Cuascut

    Texting and driving is a real threat to many innocent people out on the road. I have also experienced this first hand. Not fun. Trust me.

  • OnMy2ndGP

    Even if I don't win the phone, we all win by not texting & driving. Great promo AP & ICW teams! You guys are winners in my book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matholamew Matthew Anderson

    WIth the number of apps that can translate speech into text, why would anyone text and drive?

  • FrillArtist

    I think this campaign should be more than texting. Any form of phone use. Period. Texting is no different than reading a web page or trying to compose an email etc.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dannydarko44 danny fitzgerald

    I also know firsthand how texting and driving can be very dangerous.It only takes a split second,to change yourself and someone else's life for good. So, enjoy you your Android just not while your driving(Bluetooth Speakers:) ). This has been a message from an Androiddict that's happy to have the chance to share it still. Live It, Love It, Android-Life......Drooooooiiiid!!!!

  • Nick Bashford

    Good Job AP for promoting this!

  • Jack

    Don't text and drive!!

  • James Armstrong

    driving + texting is bad.... mmmmmkay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anton.jones1 Anton Jones

    Even if I don't win the phone, we all win by not texting & driving.
    Great promo AP & ICW teams! You guys are winners in my book.

  • Dan

    Hey Cousin! http://i.imgur.com/1W4fP.jpg
    Don't text and drive or you'll wind up like Niko.

  • http://twitter.com/james5150 James Elliott

    A great cause and a great giveaway.

  • JSiNeM

    100,000 accidents. Wow!

  • http://twitter.com/DrewKerriganNY Drew Kerrigan

    It's pretty simple, don't text and drive.

  • Abdallah Hirbawi

    swag pick me im the realest

  • Andrew

    people still text?

  • UtopiaNH

    I'd love to convince my other half to not text while driving with a beautiful new phone.

  • Craig

    I love giveaways that also serve a useful reminder.

  • http://twitter.com/jheyneman James Heyneman

    A no texting/talking while driving law was just passed where I live in Montana. Maybe there will be less accidents, especially with all this ice.

  • alex2aii

    I'm down with this.

  • JustinB_74

    :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joey.knips Joey Knips

    I know way too many people that text while driving. Hope more hands free gear helps the problem before someone I know gets seriously hurt or killed. It can wait

  • shchen

    Way to go! AT&T!
    It Can Wait

  • http://www.swehes.com/ Hans-Erik

    There are some well worthy videos on youtube that shows real people who was in accidents while driving and what they caused while doing it. It is always scary to watching people on the road while they are texting.

  • Pete Van Wattingen

    This is why I love having BT enabled car so if I need to communicate with someone I can give them a call hands free.

  • http://www.facebook.com/antonio.joaristi Antonio Joaristi

    Real friends don't leave friends stuck with an iPhone. Be a pal and gimme :)

  • Tyler Hills

    Couldn't agree more with this cause.

  • Venu

    Great give away. Give me Galaxy S3

  • Drew

    http://thecanaryproject.com/

    im just going to leave this here.

  • brewner

    hello

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Brown/1234207483 Anthony Brown

    I almost got hit crossing the street by a guy texting yesterday.

  • http://twitter.com/jaimepar jp

    great give away. drive safe

  • Norm

    If Texting and Driving is your sport, trade your car for a davenport.

  • Ryan Hightower

    I was rear ended about six months ago from someone texting and driving; it totaled my car.

  • Knox05

    Need to stop drive and text or check email

  • Dave Pellegrin

    insert Apple maps comment here :D

  • Ashish Raj

    You might actually reach faster & safer if you stop texting/calling while driving!

  • http://twitter.com/OnPrimeTires Kris Kincaid

    I can't believe people still text and drive. I'd hate to crash and be found with my phone in my hand and "Meet me at the Rusty Pelican, drinks are on m" as the text I was in the middle of sending.

  • Buddhalicious

    Never had a cell phone to text with, but never would while driving if I did.

  • Kaser

    I have a 2 hour commute and it's really hard to not text while driving, but I've tried to be better by listening to podcasts. I'd love a galaxy s3

  • Ken

    Had to pull over and park to add my comment.

  • Eric Archer

    Great campaign for the likes of my younger sister who still does this. Plus a chance to win a free phone!

  • http://www.grantabraham.com/ Grant Abraham

    This is a comment. There are others like it, but this one is mine.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ben.h.martin Ben Martin

    It's airplane mode when I drive. Zero games played with safety.

  • todini

    Horseplay's fun; but Safety is Number One!

  • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

    Don't want to text and drive? I have an app that can help you with your pledge! It's an auto-reply app, and it has the ability to turn itself on when your phone is docked!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.havens1515.autorespond

  • Bakercj

    A giveaway for a good cause. I can get behind that!

  • http://angrypiggy.blogspot.com/ Angry Piggy

    Oink.

  • kgbj83

    Don't text and drive, drive safe.

  • Justin Gable

    Was rear ended by someone texting, fortunately it was at low speeds and no one was injured. Constantly scolding friends/family that do it.

  • matsudo

    Wow this is sweet. Love that as I'm an Emt by day and a firefighter by night.

  • Chris

    This is a great campaign. They should somehow find a way to partner it with D. A. R. E. programs in school to start spreading awareness earlier.

    (Great giveaway too!)