Texting While Driving PSA: Too Graphic? Appropriate?

Post your thoughts on this British public service announcement about the pitfalls of texting and driving for teens (and adults too, for that matter). It is graphic, and includes the emergency response to the incident. The video is about four minutes long.

We're asking the same question to members of our fire, EMS and law enforcement communities to see if (and how) the reaction to the video differs.

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Comment by Michelle on June 10, 2010 at 2:49pm
Graphic but but real. I would/will show all 3 of my sons... Unfortunately, people (especially kids and teens) are sucked in by shows such as "Trauma" with it's mildly graphic incidents and often unrealistic "happy endings" that they have a very unreal sense of the true dangers of texting and driving, DUI (of anything!), speeding and more. I tell my sons that driving under the influence not only includes alcohol and drugs.. but friends, too. Peer pressure can kill.
Comment by K C Jones on November 9, 2009 at 7:14pm
Not Graphic with moves out like saw and others this one hits home!
Comment by Hugh L Smith on October 20, 2009 at 4:03pm
this was spot on for what it needed to convey while making a big enough impact to be remembered
Comment by Scott Habel on September 19, 2009 at 11:36pm
I don't believe it is too graphic. It should be so maybe just one person will realize how their actions affect other innocent people. I think this should be part of drivers education classes and shown to ALL high school students along with airing on TV. The main problem is the attitude some people will have that it can't happen to them.
Comment by Linda Novak on September 18, 2009 at 11:15am
I liked this video. I looked at from an EMS training view point where you get a visual of what happens (well maybe) to the human body in a car crash. It has helped me keep in mind MOI. Will it keep kids/adults from texting while driving, I hope so. Remember those DUI videos haven't stopped people from drinking and driving! But if it stops even a few, then it's worth the graphic point.
Comment by David Wilson on September 10, 2009 at 3:07am
I don't think its too graphic and I feel it should be a part of Drivers as well as showing it to all students in Middle School and high school then they will see what we see on a more or less daily basis.
Comment by Dan Connell on August 31, 2009 at 12:40pm
I think its great as well. Not too graphic, makes the point. Maybe not appropriate for your 7 yr. old :-) but definitely good. It all happens in a spit second....
Comment by Pete Hernandez on August 29, 2009 at 8:12pm
Oh, and BTW, I don't think it's TOO graphic. Just graphic enough to illustrate a point.
Comment by Pete Hernandez on August 29, 2009 at 8:11pm
Definitely appropriate. Yes, graphic, but it needs to be. IMO it should be REQUIRED viewing in all driver's education classes, and possibly in all high schools. Also, airing of the PSA throughout the country at various times in different stations would help drive home the types of tragedies caused by what many consider harmless actions. I plan to forward links to it to several friends and acquaintances, to make sure more people get to watch it.
Comment by Julie Brookhiser on August 29, 2009 at 2:06pm
No,not graphic at all. If you are willing to text & drive,you should see what the consequences can look like. It is a bit long,but it gets the point across. I know I am guilty of texting & driving...never again!
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