Graphic texting and driving PSA warns drivers of the dangers

Reported by Kristy Ondo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

**Warning: The PSA video to the right is graphic.  Viewer discretion is advised.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Texting and driving has been linked to deadly crashes around the world, so a tiny town in the United Kingdom has produced a graphic PSA in hopes to prevent more deaths.

The public service announcement has received a lot of attention worldwide.  It starts out innocently enough, but seconds later it is a message that stops you in your track.  You won't see it as a PSA on American TV partly because of the graphic content.

Right now, the only way to see the video is online, and you have to promise that you're at least 18 just to watch.

Many people believe the message needs to be hard hitting to get across, especially to younger drivers.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is in support of using the PSA in local driver's ed classrooms.

"I think the ones that do view it could get a very important, clear message of what can happen very quickly," said Deputy Charles Smith.

The United States has yet to add up how many people have died as a result of texting and driving, but experts say it's happening more and more.

In a world where multi-tasking behind the wheel is all too common, those who work to keep our roads safe say seeing these images on TV might keep them from playing out in real life.

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