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26th of September 2017

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This texting and driving PSA gives us the chills

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According to the CDC, nine Americans are killed every day from motor vehicle accidents that involve texting and driving. There is a 25 percent chance that any given vehicle crash involves a cellphone in some way. Even with those numbers, and there are plenty more, people still refuse to put their phones down while driving.

If you had to pilot a 100-mph missile loaded with explosives through an obstacle course, would you try to do that while fiddling with your phone? Yet people continually do it in their cars. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have helped, but one only has to look at other drivers during the morning commute (probably dangerous in its own right) to find that most people aren't paying attention.

This PSA from South Africa (misidentified as Canada in the original links) might be a little too raw for our delicate sensibilities here in the States, but it effectively explains and shows how difficult it is to text while walking. Hence, why would anyone text and drive?

Two seconds is the amount of time a driver can safely glance away from the road, according to the Journal of Adolescent Health; it takes about 5 seconds to send a text. Keep that in mind next time your phone goes off while driving. For God's sake, at least wait for a red light.

Check out the video below.

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