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    Graphic video illustrates the dangers of texting while driving

    Date: 09.04.09 | by Natalie Jacobs.

    [Warning – The following video contains a graphic dramatization of a deadly head-on car accident caused by a teen who is seen texing while driving.]

    The Gwent Police Department in Gwent, Wales has produced a Public Service Announcement hitting hard on the serious danger of texting while driving.  The four minute video portrays teens in a vehicle laughing and talking.  The distracted driver who is texing causes a car accident with another vehicle which results in multiple fatalities.

    While the controversial video has received praise and attention by many for it’s explicit images that certainly have a lasting effect on the viewer, some believe that the video is not appropriate for a teen audience.  The PSA has not made it to television in the U.S. yet and there is a question of whether it will make it past U.S. censors.

    Recent studies show that approximately one quarter of all fatal accidents in the U.S. involve a texting driver and that a person is 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident when texing while driving.

    Natalie Jacobs

    This post was written by Natalie Jacobs. Prior to joining the AsktheJudge.info team, Natalie worked as a criminal attorney for over five years. She also has worked with Innocence Projects as well as Girls on the Run of Northern Arizona, a character development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. When she's not reading and writing about youth justice issues, she thinks about becoming a farmer, chef, world traveler, Bikram master, dogwalker and 80’s film reviewer.

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