What is new and quite surprising is a shocking video created by a police department in the UK. It depicts a teenage girl texting while driving followed by a terrible crash with gruesome results for her friends in her car and the family whose car she hit.
Teen drivers are the most at risk for texting while driving. But, before sending the video to all teenage drivers you know, please note that it is graphic and very disturbing. Further, before forwarding it to a teenager, be aware that many youth risk prevention specialists question the effectiveness of videos that try to use shock value to change teen behavior. Click here to watch the video.
A recent blog article addressing this video notes that Russell Sabella, professor of counseling in the College of Education, Florida Gulf Coast University, says that "While there is some research that shows that some students can be sensitized to potential consequences from videos like it, there is also evidence that students get emotionally aroused in the short term but desensitize in the long term. He said "some students get reinforced by the message that this happens to others but 'it won't happen to me.'"
The professor recommends videos with more positive role modeling--someone turning off their phone before they drive or using a "designated texter"--someone else in the car who can do the texting for you.
No matter what age, drivers should not text (or read text messages) and drive. Wait until you stop at the traffic light or pull over. This could prevent a car accident and save you and your occupants from serious injury.
For information about your rights after a Florida car accident caused by someone text-messaging while driving, click here to schedule a free consultation with Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes. Remember, insurance companies have attorneys working for them, so should you!