You’re driving along and decide that you want to stop and get a bite to eat before heading home. But you don’t want to be rude so you want to ask your roommates if they want anything to eat. So you text them, and while you’re looking down at your phone to see what their order is, you run through a stop sign and get t-boned by a huge truck.
This isn’t some made up scenario. This is something that happens every day. More and more people are texting while driving, causing more and more deaths and serious injuries. In 2012 alone, over 3,000 people were killed because of texting while driving, and another 420,000 were seriously injured.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is doing everything that they can to deter everyone from texting while driving. Their new campaign is looking to fight distracted driving with the slogan “U Drive. U Text. U Pay”.
Their latest video shows exactly what can easily happen to you or a loved one when texting while driving.
Texting while driving is a terrible idea. We strongly urge you to take this message seriously, and to put down your phone while behind the wheel.