Good Intentions... Taken Too Far?
A new PSA sparks controversy, discussion about texting while driving
There’s a pretty gruesome public service announcement out of the U.K. that’s been making the rounds online – the YouTube video already has more than 118,000 views – about the dangers of texting while driving.
Regardless of where you stand on the efficacy of scare tactics like the video in question (linked after the jump – and take our word for it, it’s not for everyone; it’s bloody and violent), I hope, at least, we’re all on the same page about how incredibly dangerous it is to tap out messages on a tiny keyboard while piloting a multi-ton metal box at high speeds. Of course, not everyone agrees (or, perhaps, cares): I see people texting in their cars all the time on the highways in and around Los Angeles. This, despite Car and Driver’s tests showing it’s as dangerous as – if not more dangerous than -- drunken driving, and CNBC’s tests that show the same.
There’s no telling what will get through to teen drivers, of course (I cringe now at the thought of some of the completely stupid things I did behind the wheel in high school, despite knowing better), but proponents of the scared-straight approach can find the video here. For a more informative, less gruesome approach, check back to Charles Plueddeman’s piece on driving tips to improve teen safety. (For those who rush to cry “alarmism,” note that fatalities like the one played out in the PSA have already happened.)
EXPLORE NEW CARS
MORE ON MSN AUTOS
ABOUT EXHAUST NOTES
Cars are cool, and here at MSN Autos we love everything about them, but we also know they're more than simply speed and style: a car is an essential tool, a much-needed accessory to help you get through your day-to-day life. What you drive is also one of the most important investments you can make, so we'll help you navigate your way through the car buying and ownership experiences. We strive to be your daily destination for news, notes, tips and tricks from across the automotive world. So whether it's through original content from our world-class journalists or the latest buzz from the far corners of the Web, Exhaust Notes helps you make sense of your automotive world.
Have a story idea? Tip us off at email@example.com.