US DOT Commercial Aims to Stop Texting and Driving

The US Department of Transportation has amped up its mission to end distracted driving by creating a new commercial which graphically depicts the dangers of texting while driving. The commercial, released as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, shows several teenagers riding in a vehicle in which the driver blows a stop sign while being distracted by texting. After the powerful crash scene, a message flashes on the screen stating, “If you’re texting, you’re not driving.” #justdrive

According to the DOT, more than 3,000 people were killed in accidents from distractions and about 421,000 people were injured in 2012. Remember, although texting while driving is certainly dangerous, distracted driving doesn’t always necessarily involve a cell phone. Even a momentary distraction, like talking to passengers or adjusting music, can cause a lifetime of consequences.