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February 11, 2016

CARSTAR FLAGSTAFF PARTNERS WITH GREAT CIRCLE MEDIA AND FLAGSTAFF SUBARU TO REWARD TEEN DRIVER FOR PLEDGING THAT “IT CAN WAIT” WHEN IT COMES TO TEXTING AND DRIVING

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CARSTAR FLAGSTAFF PARTNERS WITH GREAT CIRCLE MEDIA AND FLAGSTAFF SUBARU TO REWARD TEEN DRIVER FOR PLEDGING THAT “IT CAN WAIT” WHEN IT COMES TO TEXTING AND DRIVING

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (February 11, 2016) -- Driving and texting is a leading cause of vehicle accidents. CARSTAR Flagstaff is hoping to help reduce this danger on the road with its support of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) It Can Wait campaign offered by CARSTAR collision repair facilities around the country.

Through the program, CARSTAR Flagstaff, owned by Jeff Stanley and Matt Frederick, is teaming up with the National Auto Body Council and others in the collision industry to urge people to share their commitment to never text and drive through the NABC It Can Wait campaign, available at www.ItCanWait.com.

For 2016, CARSTAR Flagstaff has partnered with Great Circle Media and Flagstaff Subaru to encourage teens to take the pledge to stop distracted driving. By doing so, they will be entered to win a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek. Teens can take the pledge by visiting www.itcanwaitNAZ.com.

The program will kick off on March 1, 2016 and run through next February.

“At CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, we are on the front lines of helping people improve their safety on the road,” said Stanley. “Through the NABC It Can Wait campaign, we can educate drivers about the dangers of texting and driving, and engage drivers, their families and friends in putting down the phone and focusing on the road.”

In addition to Great Circle Media and Flagstaff Subaru, CARSTAR Flagstaff has enlisted the help of local police departments and high schools to help educate teens on the consequences of driving while distracted. The importance of getting teen drivers on board with the “It Can Wait” campaign is essential.

In fact, a ConnectSafely.org1 survey found that individuals who speak up can have a profound impact, particularly on teens.

78% of teen drivers say they’re likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it's wrong or stupid.
90% say they’d stop if a friend in the car asked them to.
93% would stop if a parent in the car asked them to.
44% say that they would be thankful if a passenger complained about their texting while driving.
The NABC It Can Wait movement is making a difference. One-in-three people who’ve seen the texting while driving message say they’ve changed their driving habits2, the campaign has inspired more than five million pledges never to text and drive and launched the "From One Second To The Next" documentary which has received more than three million views since Aug. 8, 2013. To take the pledge and get more information, visit www.ItCanWait.com.

1 ConnectSafely.org survey sponsored by AT&T

2 AT&T Texting While Driving … It Can Wait Perceptions Study