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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10% of all fatal car accidents involving drivers ages 20 and under were caused by distracted motorists.

The CDC provides even more startling statistics about the dangers of texting and driving:

  • In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. An additional, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011, compared to 416,000 people injured in 2010.
  • In 2010, nearly one in five crashes (18%) in which someone was injured involved distracted driving.
  • In June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US, up nearly 50% from June 2009.

Currently, 43 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for drivers of all ages and starting in mid-April, the Department of Transportation will roll out a series of jarring ads aimed at getting young people to rethink the dangerous practice.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox explains:

“This campaign puts distracted driving on par with our efforts to fight drunk driving or to encourage seatbelt use. Across the country, we’re putting distracted drivers on notice: If you’re caught texting while driving, the message you receive won’t be from your cell phone, but from law enforcement – U Drive. U Text. U Pay.”

Take a look:

  • Natasha Peacock

    There is one from another country I think Australia did that is a bit longer and more graphic than this commercial but it’s to prove a point.

  • Riyo.Chiasa

    It won’t work.

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