The newest public service announcement from Teens in the Driver Seat addresses one of the most recent topics of safe driving—text messaging while driving.
Driver distractions are number three on the list of major crash-risk factors. These include other teens in the car, eating or drinking, listening to loud music, and of course text messaging and talking on a cell phone.
In the PSA the driver is sending and receiving text messages. The more she texts the more her windshield fills up with her text messages, like “sup”, “nmh chillin”, and “I bombed that test 2 day”.
The central message of the PSA is “Don’t let that be the last sound you hear. Don’t text while you’re driving. Period.” The sound the PSA refers to is the sound a cell phone makes when it receives or sends a text message.
Several states are looking to ban cell phone use from people 18 and under, Arkansas and Alaska are the most recent. The National Safety Council has called for a ban on all cell phone use while driving.
The bottom line: being distracted while driving is dangerous. You aren’t going to die if you have to wait to send a text message. But you just might if you send one while driving.