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  posted on 8/24/2009 at 08:38 AM
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PSA Shows Gory Consequence of Reckless Driving
A public service announcement, now airing on TV in Great Britain, demonstrating the dangers of texting while driving, is creating some controversy because of its graphic nature. YouTube has flagged the video as unsuitable for people under 18.

The texting while driving commercial shows three young women driving down a British highway. The driver is texting a message to a friend while driving and, as a result, doesn't notice when she drifts into
Texting While Driving Commercial Controversial the oncoming lane of traffic. She hits an oncoming car in a spectacular manner, apparently killing at least one of her companions. Another car smacks into the two crashed cars, apparently killing a young father.

The aftermath of the crash takes place over about two and a half minutes of the texting while driving commercial, with a passerby trying to help the surviving young woman, then the police showing up. The young woman is whimpering in pain while the police use the jaws of life to pry her out of her wrecked car. Meanwhile, a little girl in one of the other cars is crying for her daddy to wake up. It does not look like he is going to. The texting while driving commercial ends with the young woman being carried away in a gurney with a neck brace as she slowly shuts her eyes, slipping either into unconsciousness or death.

The notion of trying to send a text message while trying to control an automobile driving along a highway seems to be foolish indeed. But more and more people are doing it, as well as talking on cell phones while driving. A recent study suggests that texting while driving can be more dangerous than drinking while driving.

The use of graphic images to dissuade people from reckless behavior behind the wheel is not a new technique. I remember seeing video in a drivers' education class in the early 1970s that had a montage of broken cars and gory bodies, some of them still alive and in pain, to warn against bad driving habits. This was before modern communications technology gave people new ways to be irresponsible behind the wheel.


I have never been cited for anything more than speeding, but I understand that some traffic schools, where one attends to work off a traffic ticket or a reckless driving conviction, still use gory video to demonstrate what can happen if one persists in being negligent while driving.

The texting while driving commercial is the first of the sort that has appeared on broadcast TV, so far as anyone knows. But if this sort of shock and awe is necessary to keep people from killing themselves and others on the highway, then perhaps it needs to be on the air, albeit with a
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  posted on 8/24/2009 at 09:46 AM
I saw the spots and they were horrific.

But I think teens (and most folks) have just been desensitized to graphic violence and gore via movies, etc. I think a better determent would be to demonstrate the amount of money in fines that they'd have to pay if caught ... and if texting and phone gabbing while driving were illegal. Brains spattered over the pavement probably seems like a joke ... $200- $400 out of their pockets would probably be more frightening!

 

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I saw the spots and they were horrific.

But I think teens (and most folks) have just been desensitized to graphic violence and gore via movies, etc. I think a better determent would be to demonstrate the amount of money in fines that they'd have to pay if caught ... and if texting and phone gabbing while driving were illegal. Brains spattered over the pavement probably seems like a joke ... $200- $400 out of their pockets would probably be more frightening!



Yeah I kinda agree. When I first saw this I thought teens do need to see this, but like you said

"But I think teens (and most folks) have just been desensitized to graphic violence and gore via movies, etc."

which is true. They will probably just blow it off like a scare tactic and "whatever".
Hit them in the wallet hard, no warnings, automatic ticket of 100.00 or more. It could save a life.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2009 at 11:14 AM
One of our daughters texts constantly while she's driving and I won't ride with her unless she refrains. I made the mistake of doing so one time and it scared me spitless. It doesn't seem enough these days to just pick up the cell phone and talk to a live human being. I hope something scares people enough, be it gore or financially motivated, to stop doing this. It's incredibly dangerous and outrageously rude to passengers!

 

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  posted on 8/24/2009 at 06:01 PM
Texting and cell phone use should be outlawed in all 50 states....now. I have narrowly
missed having several accidents from drivers not watching the road or traffic lights. Also, watching TV while driving. i spend a lot of time on the road and have seen so many incidents that it scares the hell outa me.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2009 at 06:15 PM
Is'nt that one in the same? I think safety is the most important thing here.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2009 at 06:30 PM
Did you see me sitting here with my hand raised?

 

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What in the hell do guns and talking on cell phones while driving have in common?
But, HELL YES, I will fight anyone to support my right to own and carry a firearm
legally in the United States. would you?

 

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  posted on 8/24/2009 at 06:44 PM
Ok, I see where you think this is going...different issues. Driving is a 'privilege' granted by your state government. Gun ownership is a RIGHT as mentioned in a little document you should read,
The Constitution of the United States.
It seems you are the fool.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2009 at 06:47 PM
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Someone help me out here, I thought the analogy was a good one? Maybe not.

I just it was ironic with someone of your ideology calling for government to intervene and regulate the possession of personal property that can be dangerous when handled irresponsibility.
I was in the 2nd row with a raised hand, wbd. Understand both the point you are making and the irony you allude to.

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  posted on 8/24/2009 at 06:59 PM
I win every time because you dont count.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2009 at 07:22 PM
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Ok, I see where you think this is going...different issues. Driving is a 'privilege' granted by your state government. Gun ownership is a RIGHT as mentioned in a little document you should read,
The Constitution of the United States.
It seems you are the fool.


Ah, ah ah, driving could fall under "Pursuit of Happiness".

 

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  posted on 8/24/2009 at 07:33 PM
...haha...yeah, I guess it surely could...depending on where ya going.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2009 at 07:54 PM
I think it's a government intervention kind of thing. If someone wants government out of their lives, then one can't pick and choose issues. I definitely got the irony of the analogy.

 

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Well, I guess seat belts, child safety seats, and proper inspection/licensing of vehicles doesnt count. No oppositon to that anywhere ?...I am for safety while driving which has nothing to do with my owning a gun. That analogy was ignorant.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2009 at 11:33 PM
I might be the only person on this planet that doesn't own a cell phone.

 

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  posted on 8/25/2009 at 12:55 AM
So, do you think the government has the right to restrict when and where you can carry a gun?

http://gunowners.org/fs9713.htm

 

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  posted on 8/25/2009 at 06:50 AM
Guns and telephones while driving? Well, when you hear your phone ring just make sure you put the correct device up to your head! Otherwise you might end up on permanent hold.

 

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Is'nt that one in the same? I think safety is the most important thing here.

My point is if we were talking about guns and not TVs and cellphones you'd be singing to a different tune.


Has there been a mass epidemic of people firing guns while driving?

 

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Is'nt that one in the same? I think safety is the most important thing here.

My point is if we were talking about guns and not TVs and cellphones you'd be singing to a different tune.


Has there been a mass epidemic of people firing guns while driving?


Yes....it's called road rage.

 

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