Dec 31 AT 1:25 AM Taylor Wimberly 72 Comments

If you are a parent, force your kids to watch this txting and driving video

Studies show that you are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident when texting and driving. Approaching one of the most dangerous days on the road, New Year’s Eve, AT&T today announced the release of a powerful new documentary featuring stories from individuals whose lives have been altered by texting while driving.

I’ve already shared this video with several of my friends and I thought everyone here should watch it too.

There is no way I can sit here and tell you I have never texted while driving, but it’s videos like this that really hit home and show you how stupid it is. Google Maps Navigation is the most useful GPS software I have ever used, but it is also the most dangerous (I guess that’s why they still call it beta). Thanks to Google’s excellent notifications system, you are constantly bombarded with text messages, email alerts, Tweets, and Facebook updates while you are driving.

What do you think Google could do to help with the texting and driving problem?

Source: AT&T

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  • http://Website Richardson

    I guess you could make the phone not respond to certain inputs if the gps detects you moving at a fast rate, but then what if you’re a passenger..really nothing you could do directly other than telling people “Hey, this is stupid. There doesn’t need to be a fresh coat of red paint on the sidewalk because you had to send ZOMG to somebody.”

  • http://Website MikeY

    I’m a kid and showed this to my parents

    • geniusdog254

      I did the exact same thing the other day when Engadget posted this video. I even posted it to Facebook. I doubt half my friends will even notice, but if I helped one person, I achieved my goal

    • http://Website Derek

      My parents text and talk on the phone more than me while driving and they’re not very good at doing both. I really have no intentions of seeing who texted me or what they wanted anyways. I think it can wait, there’s no need to kill someone else just to read a text that says “K”.

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  • http://Website Steve

    Google could make this video part of the standard Android installation and not let the user send or receive any text messages until they watch the video.

  • GRAW

    Texting, it can wait.

  • http://Website Joe

    In my opinion these videos really doesn’t help the driving and texting problem.

    We’re shown tons of these videos during high school with Driver’s Education, but all it really does is scare people from driving. I’ve actually had a few friends who have refused to get their driver’s license because they’re afraid of dieing in an accident.

    I’ll admit that the videos didn’t stop me from driving and texting. What did was having to slam on my brakes from not seeing a red light and realizing “oh crap, I can’t drive when I’m messing with my phone”. Teens respond to real-life experiences, not videos.

    • geniusdog254

      I agree to a point, but this video is different from most of the ones I’ve been shown in school. It’s more personal. You really feel for the people in the videos. Maybe that’s just me, but I know it goes a lot deeper than most of the vids we’ve been shown.

      I know it doesn’t apply to everyone, but this definitely effected me. I never planned on texting and driving, and I still don’t do it (I just got my license within the past 2 months). There have been times in the past couple days I considered it, because I can admit that I’m an addict and hearing my phone vibrate without answering it sets of my little OCD part inside me screaming at me to answer it lol, but I never have, and never plan to. I’ve had friends almost wreck from it, and I’ve seen how it can end up in this and countless other videos.

      Sorry for the ramble there, hah. It’s late, but to sum it up: if this video can change one person’s mind on texting and driving it could save a life, and that’s all that matters.

      • http://Website Joe

        I certainly agree about saving every life you can.

        It’s certainly possible that my school has far been over-saturated by these videos that I’ve been desensitized, or that your school happens to play less emotionally scarring material.

        Really I was just proposing a case where the intended effect can become lost by the video especially when targeted at an age group that is in general emotionally unstable.

        I just don’t see it changing the mind of someone who already texts and drives from the start. While it may affect them, I doubt it will change their mind. In your case, you already realized that it’s incredibly stupid to try to text while driving, and the video supported that belief.

        That being said, it’d be interesting to here if any of these “horror story” videos actually had a drastic effect on an avid texter, without some sort of additional external reason.

        • http://Website Devin

          I agree to an extent .. I consider my self to be a pretty smart person and rather rational .. and I am still tempted to text while driving and have done so on a number of occasions. I don’t normally take these ” red asphalt ” videos seriously and probably have been desensitized like you .. But for some reason this one resonated with me … to the point that I even posted it on Facebook which I NEVER do … like a previous poster said if it makes one person realize then it is worth it .

    • http://Website Mark

      Scaring people from driving? Wow, gimme a break. You had a “FEW” friends who got scared. Out of the entire US population or even world, they don’t even make up for 0.00000000% of drivers. Where are these “friends”? I’m sure if I showed them a video of AIDS and other STDs, they would stop having sex as well. Maybe, if I showed them a video of pollution they will stop breathing? That has more to do with their personal dilemmas of fears and not necessarily the video.

      And how can a teen (Mind respond to “real life experiences” if they’re already dead? They say prevention is better than cure. Do you know that when you slam your breaks at the intersection after passing a red light you could get t-boned by a speeding car coming from the green side? Just because you got away lucky doesn’t mean you will next time or that another person will be as lucky. >_>

    • http://Website David

      I totally agree with you, that’s the harsh reality for the majority of us despite how much we want to disagree with it.. though this video is all about promoting awareness right.. you can only try! And I’m glad they are.

      As for google they could perhaps better implement their text to speech and speech to text capabilities..

      I’m really depressed now, it’s new years day and this video…

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  • http://Website Mark

    What can Google do? Well, Google can put the right tools in the hands of the user to help them drive safer. Google or in fact any dev can write an app that also ties in to the Google Maps Navigation app that disables texts (and calls if you choose so). The app can also have an “exceptions list” where you can add contacts that you can’t afford to miss texts or calls from such as your boss, coworker, mum, son etc as they may have an important message for you. At such point the nav app will say in the robot voice, “Please, pull over, you have a call/text”.

    Now, I know not everyone uses the nav app. Another thing that can be done is to tie this concept into some app called (Locale) where you can set how your phone acts at different times of the day. So you simply program said app to disable texts/calls at the times you know you drive often like your daily commute to work, school, church, shopping etc.

    Just throwing ideas out there…feel free to add or correct me.

  • http://Website Mark

    What can Google do? Well, Google can put the right tools in the hands of the user to help them drive safer. Google or in fact any dev can write an app that also ties in to the Google Maps Navigation app that disables texts (and calls if you choose so). The app can also have an “exceptions list” where you can add contacts that you can’t afford to miss texts or calls from such as your boss, coworker, mum, son etc as they may have an important message for you. At such point the nav app will say in the robot voice, “Please, pull over, you have a call/text”.

    Now, I know not everyone uses the nav app. Another thing that can be done is to tie this concept into some app called (Locale) where you can set how your phone acts at different times of the day. So you simply program said app to disable texts/calls at the times you know you drive often like your daily commute to work, school, church, shopping etc.

    Just throwing ideas out there…feel free to add to this or correct me.

    • http://Website Mark

      Sorry about the double post. I must have hit “Submit” twice.

  • http://Website Alexis

    this is seriously gonna become my new years resolution.

  • http://Website Joe

    I certainly agree about saving every life you can.

    It’s certainly possible that my school has far been over-saturated by these videos that I’ve been desensitized, or that your school happens to play less emotionally scarring material.

    Really I was just proposing a case where the intended effect can become lost by the video especially when targeted at an age group that is in general emotionally unstable.

    I just don’t see it changing the mind of someone who already texts and drives from the start. While it may affect them, I doubt it will change their mind. In your case, you already realized that it’s incredibly stupid to try to text while driving, and the video supported that belief.

    That being said, it’d be interesting to here if any of these “horror story” videos actually had a drastic effect on an avid texter, without some sort of additional external reason.

    • http://Website Joe

      Agh, accidentally didn’t hit the reply button. I reposted this comment above.

      • http://Website Mark

        You aren’t the only one, man. I posted twice. WordPress is a mess. Never liked it.

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    This is a very tough video. I hope more people take it seriously

  • http://Website Marcofromda510

    The video, like many others, is to bring the problem to light, the more its acknowledged, the more people will refrain from doing so. Its not supposed to solve the problem. Do we really need to trick and minipulate our selves when all it takes is putting the phone down for a sec. I was told prevention is cheaper than the cure. In this case, it still holdes true. Not to preach, but sometimes we all get to caught up with technology and life, we forget whats really going on around us. Anyways, Happy New Years everyone, be safe

  • http://Website Tito!

    2011: No Texting & Driving .
    Perfect New Year’s Resolution don’t you guys think!(:

  • http://Website Robert N. Lee

    “What do you think Google could do to help with the texting and driving problem?”

    Not sell phones to adults with so little self control they feel like they have to answer their damn phones every time they play “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

    Not really a problem for me, personally. I just don’t answer my phone or make phone calls while driving. I will allow myself to do so, perhaps, the day I am racing to defuse a nuclear weapon and the CIA and FBI are arguing over which route I should take to get around traffic.

    • http://Website dptku

      Completely agree. This is not something google needs to concern themselves with; this is a matter of kids and adults with no self control.

  • http://Website Ringo

    The issue is that people nowadays more and more just think only about themselves. When you drive, you should think about all the other people on the road and that you don’t want them to get hurt either.

    “Thinking more about other people” is what the new year’s resolution should be…

  • http://blog.3dbloke.com Thomas

    There must be some underlying mental block in the people who would even consider texting while driving. A fundamental lack of judgement and awareness of the sheer folly.

    Even holding a conversation with someone in the same car brings a degree pf risk, if that conversation distracts the driver from what is happening on the road ahead.

    Operating any device other than the controls of the car is a risky action. If that involves taking your eyes off the road _and_ shifting your mental attention from driving to a text conversation, it has got to be a danger. Texting while driving is symptomatic of an irresponsible attitude towards other road users.

    People caught doing this should be banned from driving.

  • http://Website Kye

    It really makes me think. Ive texted and drove loads of times, even had a near miss. But this. shows me the effect of that stupidity from other people and families lives. It will certainly make me think in the future.

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  • http://Website pw

    Sounds like wearing a seatbelt might have helped.

    (having been in an accident where the driver was trying to swat a wasp, it’s really down to driver concentration)

    • http://Website Bryan

      Honestly, I’m kind of surprised nobody brought up the seat belt thing earlier. That was my first thought watching the video when they said she was ejected from her car. And we blame the cell phone for her death?

      • http://Website txtr

        If the person in the video hadn’t been paying attention to their cell phone they likely would never have crossed the road in the first place so yes the cell phone is the primary cause of the wreck, not the seat belt.

  • http://Website Steve

    Google already is trying to improve things and make then safer mi the implementation of close activation and inputs.

    What people need to learn is the arty of situational texting. I am currently typing this while driving on the interstate. BUT there are no cars anywhere even remotely close to me. I don’t look at my phone in traffic or city roads because too many variables that are unknown, cars pulling out, pedestrians, etc. Another thing you can do to be danger is use a program like swype which allows me to type a message like this I’ve without looking at your phone often and lets you always keep a hand on the wheel.

    Sorry fire the spelling mistakes. I didn’t fix them to illustrate that you can type a message while rarely looking down at the phone and gave the message come out good enough where the point comes across still but allows you to text and drive while being much safer.

    Summary:, if you are smart about it and take precautions while not carting about find spelling mistakes you can text a message without looking down at the phone

  • http://Website DL

    As a teen, I had a lot of accidents. When I was a teen, there weren’t cellphones cheap enough for the average teen. Most of us had pagers.

    As an adult, I hated texting. I don’t T9. My accidents declined Since getting a Blackberry, them an iPhone, then an Android, I text a lot. I haven’t had an accident in over 8 years that I’m responsible for. I do a lot of driving.

    So having a better perspective than others, I can say that I use speech-to-text as much as possible. Experience is far more an indicator if the type of driver you are. What changed for me? Slowing down, looking at road conditions, paying attention to drivers with a 360° awareness, etc.

    I’m sure if I texted as a teen, it would have made it worse. But don’t take offense anyone when I say this, many teens and certain people just suck at driving. As for me, texting had nothing to do with it. I was talking to passengers, going too fast on rain or snow, dropping my lighter on the floor, going too fast on unfamiliar roads, etc.

    Texting is a distraction, but it is not now some diabolical teen killing machine… Teens and young adults just suck at driving to begin with. I was one of them when text messaging didn’t exist. But I agree, don’t freaking text while driving… You already suck as it is. But for that matter, slow down, don’t talk to your passenger like it’s a living room, turn the radio down in bad weather and busy traffic, etc. Above all, SLOW DOWN and wear you’re seat belt! I was a speed demon myself. Most deaths I knew were speed, alcohol, and seat belt. Speed above all kills. Just follow posted limits. I haven’t gone more than 5 over the limit in 8 years… Hmm, haven’t had an at fault accident in 8 years… ;)

  • http://Website Andy

    You can’t stop people from texting while driving. This is why Google makes it easier to text and drive with all the built in voice functions.

  • http://Website Z924

    http://erictric.com/2010/10/09/google-secretly-develops-tests-automated-cars/

    This is the best thing Google can do long term. Replace the easily distracted, fallible human driver with a computer which dedicates 100% of its resources to operating the vehicle safely 100% of the time, and the point becomes moot.

    Admittedly, it may be a long time before people accept fully automated vehicles as part of their lives (humans are so set in their ways!). However, any of the technologies used to build cars like the ones Google tested here can be adapted to make human-driven vehicles safer.

  • http://Website dakuten

    Isn’t it illegal to text/call/drink/eat/smoke while driving ??? What the fuck is this country where you can do this ? I wanna live there !!

  • http://Website BigC_13

    I’ll definitely be posting this to facebook, my mustang got totaled back in October because a girl driving and texting ran a red light. Luckily my girlfriend and I were both ok, but the impact was only 1 foot from my driver door, if it had been a half second later it would have hit me directly. I never touch my phone while driving anymore.

  • http://Website Raptor007

    Its not just a Google problem to be solved, in fact it could best be solved by the Carriers themselves. Every phone uses GPS for E911 so why can’t they simply put the phone into a “Car Mode” that sends calls, txts, emls alerts in general directly to their respective inboxes, and block outgoing calls, txts etc while the car is in motion.

    It is sad statement about society today that we ignore the warning signs that our own stupidity can and likely will cost us our own lives if not someone we care about or a stranger we never knew.

    Too many apps are geared towards “helping” you in the car, txt to speech apps only further distract drivers because you still need to process what you heard and reply.

    When in motion, stay in motion and off the phone. I will add this to my facebook page so many of my friends have kids, and while they are not of driving age yet its still a good lesson for the adults as well.

  • http://Website CJ

    I still think this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0ukd7xTQ9g is the the best one yet about texting while driving. I showed it to the kids at the armory where I volunteer and it definitely had an effect on them.

  • http://Website Rev

    I am a parent. i decided the best solution to the whole texting and distracted driving is to get my daughter a stick shift instead of an automatic.

    Not a foolproof solution, but a lot more effective than a video.

    • http://Website James

      This might make it more difficult for her to text while on city streets or feeder roads, but on the highway, where speeds make distractions even more dangerous, your daughter will simply be cruising in a top gear….no deterrent there.

  • http://Website JohnL

    I passed this on to everyone I know.

  • http://donthaveone chris

    it might just be because im high, but these videos are scaring the living shit out of me

  • http://Website Ben 1.0

    What a powerful video, everyone should be made to watch this. I’ll be linking this to all of my friends.

  • http://Website jono

    Long time reader, first time poster here.

    Personally I don’t think Google needs to do anything. It is your responsibility to drive safely and with due care on the road. Its really as simple as that.

    This is the kind of PSAa we get down here in Aus. Caution: It can be a little graphic

  • http://Website BoscoH

    Yeah, nice scary video. The problem is that if you’re 23 times as likely to have an accident, as the studies purportedly show, and a good 25% of drivers text occasionally, why do accident rates per mile driven continue to decline?

    The secret lies in how “causes” of accidents are tallied. An investigator will note if a phone call or text was placed or received within a certain time of an accident, without determining if it “caused” the accident.

    So let’s say, like me, you use SMSReader on your phone to read incoming text messages through your Bluetooth. You’re stopped at a light and you get rear-ended by someone. Guess what goes into the accident report? Yeah, one driver received a text within xxx minutes of the accident.

    Ultimately, you need to be smart and responsible. It is probably not smart to be typing out a message while driving, like it’s not smart to shave or clean your ears with Q-tips while trying to drive. But this fear mongering and statistic inflation is counter-productive.

  • http://Website keyl

    I wish this worked on me. It is probably the best anti-texting video I have seen, but I caught myself texting while driving within an hour of watching it.

  • taras

    Make it the law that if you’re caught texting while driving, you get your car taken away from you and destroyed. I’m serious.

    I’ve already had someone run into the back of me because they were texting, and I can’t believe how stupid you have to be to ever do that. I feel angry at myself when I use speakerphone while driving (very rarely), because it is so obviously an idiotic and dangerous thing to do… obviously not everyone ‘gets’ that, so the law should be made a lot tougher.

  • http://Website Geoff

    Unfairly this video is about young people texting and driving, when the real problem is all of us not just the young drivers, Texting isnt the major cause of accidents its speed, drinking and driving, inexperience and distraction while on the road. Google doesn’t need to change anything we probably could all change are driving habits and make the roads safer. The auto manufacturers could really help by not adding so much to the front area of new cars, stuff that isn’t required to drive a car just looks cool and makes them money. Drive safe people and enjoy the new year.

  • chief113

    Don’t most phones have gps in them now days? I find it hard to believe that the phone carriers cannot produce phones that just won’t function when the car is moving. I know that they can, because the GPS in my Toyota will not allow you to search on it when the car is moving. But will the carriers allow this? No they will not, because they want kids texting as much as possible, and going over their limits so that they can make more money.

    • http://Website Rover10

      Typically its not the gps knowing you’re moving in the car…..its the car not being in park. They are wired like that.

  • http://Website Scaramouche

    AT&T and/or Google should take this video to all the major networks and have them broadcast it during prime time viewing hours. Better yet, replace some of those stupid, big-buck, pointless ads during Super Bowl and broadcast this as a public service announcement.

  • taras

    I love that my comment above has been voted down by 3 people. I’d be interested in why you think texting while driving isn’t idiotic.

    • http://Website steve

      You are getting voted down because you are overreacting. It is people like you who have an experience happen to them and blow things out of proportion which then ruin things for the rest of us.

      Are you that unable to multitask that you feel you cannot successfully talk on speakerphone while driving? If so, then why do you feel safe to drive at all? Driving requires you to not only be cognizant of your speed, the actions of others, foretelling the actions of others, looking out for changes in the road condition (bumps, things in the road, etc), you also have to be thinking about where you are going, how you are getting there, etc, etc, etc. If, after taking into account all the multitasking that is required to drive, you do not have enough spare brain power to be able to hold a basic conversation then you shouldn’t be risking driving in the first place!

  • http://Website Brian

    I would like to through my two cents in on this and suggest the vlingo app. It has a “car mode” built in that will read and listen for responses. It is completely automated and will respond to “hey vlingo”. I don’t use this app and think it is completely stupid to use a touch screen keyboard while driving but I figured it would help with those that apparently “need to respond to texts and receive calls”

  • http://Website mikaeldalc

    WOW. No new website posts since the 31st..Yet toshiba has announced a new tablet and vision has announces a set of android powered devices.. I had androidandme bookmarked on my phone and computer but not anymore. Its like nobody works to find news

    • http://Website Ruben

      I have been saying this forever. This is just a hobby for these folks. They are not serious about this. How about a review or an editorial or something. They just ignore the site. Irrelevence is the child of complacancy (I spelled that wrong, but for readers of this site it should fit right in with the articles).

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      Reaally need to hire more writers. This website reminds me of the video store by my house. The store hours on the door say that it opens at 11 am, but not once has the owner came on time. She usually gets there 12:30-1:30 sometimes even 2 or 2:30.

  • http://Website Reality

    Darwin Awards all around. These kids had death wishes and they got them. They get no sympathy.. that’s reserved for their victims, if they had any.

  • http://Website Pablo

    I work at a Staples retail store next to a Pep Boys automotive. It’s amazing how far people make it in to our store carrying their car batteries before they realize they’re in the wrong store – and it’s ALWAYS because they’re on their phones.

    THAT, folks, is an example of how wrapped up people get in their conversations and texts, and it makes me sick to know these people are allowed to operate a vehicle around people like me, who actually value their f**king lives.

    Seriously, I send 2500+ texts a month, but there are safe places and times to do it, FFS.

  • http://Website txtr

    LOL@U if you’ve ever been in a serious accident from texting while driving. It may sound like I’m a heartless SOB, but seriously, if you’re busy doing something else while you’re driving and get in a wreck then you deserve it. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking care of a small baby, putting your makeup on because you’re late for work and in danger of being fired and losing your only source of income, texting, trying to see why your GPS isn’t working, eating, drinking (non alcoholic), smoking, or getting a CD out of your storage compartment to listen to. None of these are excuses for not paying attention to your driving. If you need to do anything that takes your eyes off the road for an extended period of time then you need to pull over and come to a complete stop. As in driving at 0mph.

  • http://Website Robin

    What a lame soft prevention video….and it needs 10 minutes to tell the story which can be easly done in about a minute

    It should have been done like the anti drunk drive videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymiF-okrdMg&feature=player_embedded

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    wow who knew a ten min video can be so life changing….while watching this video i felt so surpised in a way i quess you can say that its just as dangrious as drinking and driving.i felt so sad for that girl i just turned 19 3 days ago and knowing that it happend to her relly opens yours eyes realising that it can happen to anyboday at anytime…

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    Simple….charge SMS something like 1$ per SMS :P lol

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    How many of you who say this is terrible do NOT text while driving? I see people doing it all the time! I simply check when I get to where I am going. Hell, at least wait for a red light-just don’t get mad when I honk because you are texting stipidly when the light is green…

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    I am a 45 year old mother. My oldest son just got his license January 12, 2011. I sadly announce that I am a violator of texting while driving. I have been a BAD example of texting a driving. Shame on me. After viewing this clip today was my last day of texting while driving. I will share this with my children to have them keep me accountable to this commitment.

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  1. RichardsonGuest 4 years ago

    I guess you could make the phone not respond to certain inputs if the gps detects you moving at a fast rate, but then what if you’re a passenger..really nothing you could do directly other than telling people “Hey, this is stupid. There doesn’t need to be a fresh coat of red paint on the sidewalk because you had to send ZOMG to somebody.”

  2. MikeYGuest 4 years ago

    I’m a kid and showed this to my parents

    • I did the exact same thing the other day when Engadget posted this video. I even posted it to Facebook. I doubt half my friends will even notice, but if I helped one person, I achieved my goal

    • DerekGuest 4 years ago

      My parents text and talk on the phone more than me while driving and they’re not very good at doing both. I really have no intentions of seeing who texted me or what they wanted anyways. I think it can wait, there’s no need to kill someone else just to read a text that says “K”.

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  3. SteveGuest 4 years ago

    Google could make this video part of the standard Android installation and not let the user send or receive any text messages until they watch the video.

  4. Texting, it can wait.

  5. JoeGuest 4 years ago

    In my opinion these videos really doesn’t help the driving and texting problem.

    We’re shown tons of these videos during high school with Driver’s Education, but all it really does is scare people from driving. I’ve actually had a few friends who have refused to get their driver’s license because they’re afraid of dieing in an accident.

    I’ll admit that the videos didn’t stop me from driving and texting. What did was having to slam on my brakes from not seeing a red light and realizing “oh crap, I can’t drive when I’m messing with my phone”. Teens respond to real-life experiences, not videos.

    • I agree to a point, but this video is different from most of the ones I’ve been shown in school. It’s more personal. You really feel for the people in the videos. Maybe that’s just me, but I know it goes a lot deeper than most of the vids we’ve been shown.

      I know it doesn’t apply to everyone, but this definitely effected me. I never planned on texting and driving, and I still don’t do it (I just got my license within the past 2 months). There have been times in the past couple days I considered it, because I can admit that I’m an addict and hearing my phone vibrate without answering it sets of my little OCD part inside me screaming at me to answer it lol, but I never have, and never plan to. I’ve had friends almost wreck from it, and I’ve seen how it can end up in this and countless other videos.

      Sorry for the ramble there, hah. It’s late, but to sum it up: if this video can change one person’s mind on texting and driving it could save a life, and that’s all that matters.

      • JoeGuest 4 years ago

        I certainly agree about saving every life you can.

        It’s certainly possible that my school has far been over-saturated by these videos that I’ve been desensitized, or that your school happens to play less emotionally scarring material.

        Really I was just proposing a case where the intended effect can become lost by the video especially when targeted at an age group that is in general emotionally unstable.

        I just don’t see it changing the mind of someone who already texts and drives from the start. While it may affect them, I doubt it will change their mind. In your case, you already realized that it’s incredibly stupid to try to text while driving, and the video supported that belief.

        That being said, it’d be interesting to here if any of these “horror story” videos actually had a drastic effect on an avid texter, without some sort of additional external reason.

        • DevinGuest 4 years ago

          I agree to an extent .. I consider my self to be a pretty smart person and rather rational .. and I am still tempted to text while driving and have done so on a number of occasions. I don’t normally take these ” red asphalt ” videos seriously and probably have been desensitized like you .. But for some reason this one resonated with me … to the point that I even posted it on Facebook which I NEVER do … like a previous poster said if it makes one person realize then it is worth it .

    • MarkGuest 4 years ago

      Scaring people from driving? Wow, gimme a break. You had a “FEW” friends who got scared. Out of the entire US population or even world, they don’t even make up for 0.00000000% of drivers. Where are these “friends”? I’m sure if I showed them a video of AIDS and other STDs, they would stop having sex as well. Maybe, if I showed them a video of pollution they will stop breathing? That has more to do with their personal dilemmas of fears and not necessarily the video.

      And how can a teen (Mind respond to “real life experiences” if they’re already dead? They say prevention is better than cure. Do you know that when you slam your breaks at the intersection after passing a red light you could get t-boned by a speeding car coming from the green side? Just because you got away lucky doesn’t mean you will next time or that another person will be as lucky. >_>

    • DavidGuest 4 years ago

      I totally agree with you, that’s the harsh reality for the majority of us despite how much we want to disagree with it.. though this video is all about promoting awareness right.. you can only try! And I’m glad they are.

      As for google they could perhaps better implement their text to speech and speech to text capabilities..

      I’m really depressed now, it’s new years day and this video…

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  6. MarkGuest 4 years ago

    What can Google do? Well, Google can put the right tools in the hands of the user to help them drive safer. Google or in fact any dev can write an app that also ties in to the Google Maps Navigation app that disables texts (and calls if you choose so). The app can also have an “exceptions list” where you can add contacts that you can’t afford to miss texts or calls from such as your boss, coworker, mum, son etc as they may have an important message for you. At such point the nav app will say in the robot voice, “Please, pull over, you have a call/text”.

    Now, I know not everyone uses the nav app. Another thing that can be done is to tie this concept into some app called (Locale) where you can set how your phone acts at different times of the day. So you simply program said app to disable texts/calls at the times you know you drive often like your daily commute to work, school, church, shopping etc.

    Just throwing ideas out there…feel free to add or correct me.

  7. MarkGuest 4 years ago

    What can Google do? Well, Google can put the right tools in the hands of the user to help them drive safer. Google or in fact any dev can write an app that also ties in to the Google Maps Navigation app that disables texts (and calls if you choose so). The app can also have an “exceptions list” where you can add contacts that you can’t afford to miss texts or calls from such as your boss, coworker, mum, son etc as they may have an important message for you. At such point the nav app will say in the robot voice, “Please, pull over, you have a call/text”.

    Now, I know not everyone uses the nav app. Another thing that can be done is to tie this concept into some app called (Locale) where you can set how your phone acts at different times of the day. So you simply program said app to disable texts/calls at the times you know you drive often like your daily commute to work, school, church, shopping etc.

    Just throwing ideas out there…feel free to add to this or correct me.

  8. AlexisGuest 4 years ago

    this is seriously gonna become my new years resolution.

  9. JoeGuest 4 years ago

    I certainly agree about saving every life you can.

    It’s certainly possible that my school has far been over-saturated by these videos that I’ve been desensitized, or that your school happens to play less emotionally scarring material.

    Really I was just proposing a case where the intended effect can become lost by the video especially when targeted at an age group that is in general emotionally unstable.

    I just don’t see it changing the mind of someone who already texts and drives from the start. While it may affect them, I doubt it will change their mind. In your case, you already realized that it’s incredibly stupid to try to text while driving, and the video supported that belief.

    That being said, it’d be interesting to here if any of these “horror story” videos actually had a drastic effect on an avid texter, without some sort of additional external reason.

  10. UniqueNateGuest 4 years ago

    This is a very tough video. I hope more people take it seriously

  11. Marcofromda510Guest 4 years ago

    The video, like many others, is to bring the problem to light, the more its acknowledged, the more people will refrain from doing so. Its not supposed to solve the problem. Do we really need to trick and minipulate our selves when all it takes is putting the phone down for a sec. I was told prevention is cheaper than the cure. In this case, it still holdes true. Not to preach, but sometimes we all get to caught up with technology and life, we forget whats really going on around us. Anyways, Happy New Years everyone, be safe

  12. Tito!Guest 4 years ago

    2011: No Texting & Driving .
    Perfect New Year’s Resolution don’t you guys think!(:

  13. Robert N. LeeGuest 4 years ago

    “What do you think Google could do to help with the texting and driving problem?”

    Not sell phones to adults with so little self control they feel like they have to answer their damn phones every time they play “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

    Not really a problem for me, personally. I just don’t answer my phone or make phone calls while driving. I will allow myself to do so, perhaps, the day I am racing to defuse a nuclear weapon and the CIA and FBI are arguing over which route I should take to get around traffic.

    • dptkuGuest 4 years ago

      Completely agree. This is not something google needs to concern themselves with; this is a matter of kids and adults with no self control.

  14. RingoGuest 4 years ago

    The issue is that people nowadays more and more just think only about themselves. When you drive, you should think about all the other people on the road and that you don’t want them to get hurt either.

    “Thinking more about other people” is what the new year’s resolution should be…

  15. ThomasGuest 4 years ago

    There must be some underlying mental block in the people who would even consider texting while driving. A fundamental lack of judgement and awareness of the sheer folly.

    Even holding a conversation with someone in the same car brings a degree pf risk, if that conversation distracts the driver from what is happening on the road ahead.

    Operating any device other than the controls of the car is a risky action. If that involves taking your eyes off the road _and_ shifting your mental attention from driving to a text conversation, it has got to be a danger. Texting while driving is symptomatic of an irresponsible attitude towards other road users.

    People caught doing this should be banned from driving.

  16. KyeGuest 4 years ago

    It really makes me think. Ive texted and drove loads of times, even had a near miss. But this. shows me the effect of that stupidity from other people and families lives. It will certainly make me think in the future.

  17. pwGuest 4 years ago

    Sounds like wearing a seatbelt might have helped.

    (having been in an accident where the driver was trying to swat a wasp, it’s really down to driver concentration)

    • BryanGuest 4 years ago

      Honestly, I’m kind of surprised nobody brought up the seat belt thing earlier. That was my first thought watching the video when they said she was ejected from her car. And we blame the cell phone for her death?

      • txtrGuest 4 years ago

        If the person in the video hadn’t been paying attention to their cell phone they likely would never have crossed the road in the first place so yes the cell phone is the primary cause of the wreck, not the seat belt.

  18. SteveGuest 4 years ago

    Google already is trying to improve things and make then safer mi the implementation of close activation and inputs.

    What people need to learn is the arty of situational texting. I am currently typing this while driving on the interstate. BUT there are no cars anywhere even remotely close to me. I don’t look at my phone in traffic or city roads because too many variables that are unknown, cars pulling out, pedestrians, etc. Another thing you can do to be danger is use a program like swype which allows me to type a message like this I’ve without looking at your phone often and lets you always keep a hand on the wheel.

    Sorry fire the spelling mistakes. I didn’t fix them to illustrate that you can type a message while rarely looking down at the phone and gave the message come out good enough where the point comes across still but allows you to text and drive while being much safer.

    Summary:, if you are smart about it and take precautions while not carting about find spelling mistakes you can text a message without looking down at the phone

  19. DLGuest 4 years ago

    As a teen, I had a lot of accidents. When I was a teen, there weren’t cellphones cheap enough for the average teen. Most of us had pagers.

    As an adult, I hated texting. I don’t T9. My accidents declined Since getting a Blackberry, them an iPhone, then an Android, I text a lot. I haven’t had an accident in over 8 years that I’m responsible for. I do a lot of driving.

    So having a better perspective than others, I can say that I use speech-to-text as much as possible. Experience is far more an indicator if the type of driver you are. What changed for me? Slowing down, looking at road conditions, paying attention to drivers with a 360° awareness, etc.

    I’m sure if I texted as a teen, it would have made it worse. But don’t take offense anyone when I say this, many teens and certain people just suck at driving. As for me, texting had nothing to do with it. I was talking to passengers, going too fast on rain or snow, dropping my lighter on the floor, going too fast on unfamiliar roads, etc.

    Texting is a distraction, but it is not now some diabolical teen killing machine… Teens and young adults just suck at driving to begin with. I was one of them when text messaging didn’t exist. But I agree, don’t freaking text while driving… You already suck as it is. But for that matter, slow down, don’t talk to your passenger like it’s a living room, turn the radio down in bad weather and busy traffic, etc. Above all, SLOW DOWN and wear you’re seat belt! I was a speed demon myself. Most deaths I knew were speed, alcohol, and seat belt. Speed above all kills. Just follow posted limits. I haven’t gone more than 5 over the limit in 8 years… Hmm, haven’t had an at fault accident in 8 years… ;)

  20. AndyGuest 4 years ago

    You can’t stop people from texting while driving. This is why Google makes it easier to text and drive with all the built in voice functions.

  21. Z924Guest 4 years ago

    http://erictric.com/2010/10/09/google-secretly-develops-tests-automated-cars/

    This is the best thing Google can do long term. Replace the easily distracted, fallible human driver with a computer which dedicates 100% of its resources to operating the vehicle safely 100% of the time, and the point becomes moot.

    Admittedly, it may be a long time before people accept fully automated vehicles as part of their lives (humans are so set in their ways!). However, any of the technologies used to build cars like the ones Google tested here can be adapted to make human-driven vehicles safer.

  22. dakutenGuest 4 years ago

    Isn’t it illegal to text/call/drink/eat/smoke while driving ??? What the fuck is this country where you can do this ? I wanna live there !!

  23. BigC_13Guest 4 years ago

    I’ll definitely be posting this to facebook, my mustang got totaled back in October because a girl driving and texting ran a red light. Luckily my girlfriend and I were both ok, but the impact was only 1 foot from my driver door, if it had been a half second later it would have hit me directly. I never touch my phone while driving anymore.

  24. Raptor007Guest 4 years ago

    Its not just a Google problem to be solved, in fact it could best be solved by the Carriers themselves. Every phone uses GPS for E911 so why can’t they simply put the phone into a “Car Mode” that sends calls, txts, emls alerts in general directly to their respective inboxes, and block outgoing calls, txts etc while the car is in motion.

    It is sad statement about society today that we ignore the warning signs that our own stupidity can and likely will cost us our own lives if not someone we care about or a stranger we never knew.

    Too many apps are geared towards “helping” you in the car, txt to speech apps only further distract drivers because you still need to process what you heard and reply.

    When in motion, stay in motion and off the phone. I will add this to my facebook page so many of my friends have kids, and while they are not of driving age yet its still a good lesson for the adults as well.

  25. CJGuest 4 years ago

    I still think this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0ukd7xTQ9g is the the best one yet about texting while driving. I showed it to the kids at the armory where I volunteer and it definitely had an effect on them.

  26. RevGuest 4 years ago

    I am a parent. i decided the best solution to the whole texting and distracted driving is to get my daughter a stick shift instead of an automatic.

    Not a foolproof solution, but a lot more effective than a video.

    • JamesGuest 4 years ago

      This might make it more difficult for her to text while on city streets or feeder roads, but on the highway, where speeds make distractions even more dangerous, your daughter will simply be cruising in a top gear….no deterrent there.

  27. JohnLGuest 4 years ago

    I passed this on to everyone I know.

  28. chrisGuest 4 years ago

    it might just be because im high, but these videos are scaring the living shit out of me

  29. Ben 1.0Guest 4 years ago

    What a powerful video, everyone should be made to watch this. I’ll be linking this to all of my friends.

  30. jonoGuest 4 years ago

    Long time reader, first time poster here.

    Personally I don’t think Google needs to do anything. It is your responsibility to drive safely and with due care on the road. Its really as simple as that.

    This is the kind of PSAa we get down here in Aus. Caution: It can be a little graphic

  31. BoscoHGuest 4 years ago

    Yeah, nice scary video. The problem is that if you’re 23 times as likely to have an accident, as the studies purportedly show, and a good 25% of drivers text occasionally, why do accident rates per mile driven continue to decline?

    The secret lies in how “causes” of accidents are tallied. An investigator will note if a phone call or text was placed or received within a certain time of an accident, without determining if it “caused” the accident.

    So let’s say, like me, you use SMSReader on your phone to read incoming text messages through your Bluetooth. You’re stopped at a light and you get rear-ended by someone. Guess what goes into the accident report? Yeah, one driver received a text within xxx minutes of the accident.

    Ultimately, you need to be smart and responsible. It is probably not smart to be typing out a message while driving, like it’s not smart to shave or clean your ears with Q-tips while trying to drive. But this fear mongering and statistic inflation is counter-productive.

  32. keylGuest 4 years ago

    I wish this worked on me. It is probably the best anti-texting video I have seen, but I caught myself texting while driving within an hour of watching it.

  33. Make it the law that if you’re caught texting while driving, you get your car taken away from you and destroyed. I’m serious.

    I’ve already had someone run into the back of me because they were texting, and I can’t believe how stupid you have to be to ever do that. I feel angry at myself when I use speakerphone while driving (very rarely), because it is so obviously an idiotic and dangerous thing to do… obviously not everyone ‘gets’ that, so the law should be made a lot tougher.

  34. GeoffGuest 4 years ago

    Unfairly this video is about young people texting and driving, when the real problem is all of us not just the young drivers, Texting isnt the major cause of accidents its speed, drinking and driving, inexperience and distraction while on the road. Google doesn’t need to change anything we probably could all change are driving habits and make the roads safer. The auto manufacturers could really help by not adding so much to the front area of new cars, stuff that isn’t required to drive a car just looks cool and makes them money. Drive safe people and enjoy the new year.

  35. Don’t most phones have gps in them now days? I find it hard to believe that the phone carriers cannot produce phones that just won’t function when the car is moving. I know that they can, because the GPS in my Toyota will not allow you to search on it when the car is moving. But will the carriers allow this? No they will not, because they want kids texting as much as possible, and going over their limits so that they can make more money.

    • Rover10Guest 4 years ago

      Typically its not the gps knowing you’re moving in the car…..its the car not being in park. They are wired like that.

  36. ScaramoucheGuest 4 years ago

    AT&T and/or Google should take this video to all the major networks and have them broadcast it during prime time viewing hours. Better yet, replace some of those stupid, big-buck, pointless ads during Super Bowl and broadcast this as a public service announcement.

  37. I love that my comment above has been voted down by 3 people. I’d be interested in why you think texting while driving isn’t idiotic.

    • steveGuest 4 years ago

      You are getting voted down because you are overreacting. It is people like you who have an experience happen to them and blow things out of proportion which then ruin things for the rest of us.

      Are you that unable to multitask that you feel you cannot successfully talk on speakerphone while driving? If so, then why do you feel safe to drive at all? Driving requires you to not only be cognizant of your speed, the actions of others, foretelling the actions of others, looking out for changes in the road condition (bumps, things in the road, etc), you also have to be thinking about where you are going, how you are getting there, etc, etc, etc. If, after taking into account all the multitasking that is required to drive, you do not have enough spare brain power to be able to hold a basic conversation then you shouldn’t be risking driving in the first place!

  38. BrianGuest 4 years ago

    I would like to through my two cents in on this and suggest the vlingo app. It has a “car mode” built in that will read and listen for responses. It is completely automated and will respond to “hey vlingo”. I don’t use this app and think it is completely stupid to use a touch screen keyboard while driving but I figured it would help with those that apparently “need to respond to texts and receive calls”

  39. mikaeldalcGuest 4 years ago

    WOW. No new website posts since the 31st..Yet toshiba has announced a new tablet and vision has announces a set of android powered devices.. I had androidandme bookmarked on my phone and computer but not anymore. Its like nobody works to find news

    • RubenGuest 4 years ago

      I have been saying this forever. This is just a hobby for these folks. They are not serious about this. How about a review or an editorial or something. They just ignore the site. Irrelevence is the child of complacancy (I spelled that wrong, but for readers of this site it should fit right in with the articles).

    • bobbyGuest 4 years ago

      Reaally need to hire more writers. This website reminds me of the video store by my house. The store hours on the door say that it opens at 11 am, but not once has the owner came on time. She usually gets there 12:30-1:30 sometimes even 2 or 2:30.

  40. RealityGuest 4 years ago

    Darwin Awards all around. These kids had death wishes and they got them. They get no sympathy.. that’s reserved for their victims, if they had any.

  41. PabloGuest 4 years ago

    I work at a Staples retail store next to a Pep Boys automotive. It’s amazing how far people make it in to our store carrying their car batteries before they realize they’re in the wrong store – and it’s ALWAYS because they’re on their phones.

    THAT, folks, is an example of how wrapped up people get in their conversations and texts, and it makes me sick to know these people are allowed to operate a vehicle around people like me, who actually value their f**king lives.

    Seriously, I send 2500+ texts a month, but there are safe places and times to do it, FFS.

  42. txtrGuest 4 years ago

    LOL@U if you’ve ever been in a serious accident from texting while driving. It may sound like I’m a heartless SOB, but seriously, if you’re busy doing something else while you’re driving and get in a wreck then you deserve it. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking care of a small baby, putting your makeup on because you’re late for work and in danger of being fired and losing your only source of income, texting, trying to see why your GPS isn’t working, eating, drinking (non alcoholic), smoking, or getting a CD out of your storage compartment to listen to. None of these are excuses for not paying attention to your driving. If you need to do anything that takes your eyes off the road for an extended period of time then you need to pull over and come to a complete stop. As in driving at 0mph.

  43. RobinGuest 4 years ago

    What a lame soft prevention video….and it needs 10 minutes to tell the story which can be easly done in about a minute

    It should have been done like the anti drunk drive videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymiF-okrdMg&feature=player_embedded

  44. luxGuest 4 years ago

    wow who knew a ten min video can be so life changing….while watching this video i felt so surpised in a way i quess you can say that its just as dangrious as drinking and driving.i felt so sad for that girl i just turned 19 3 days ago and knowing that it happend to her relly opens yours eyes realising that it can happen to anyboday at anytime…

  45. AnilGuest 4 years ago

    Simple….charge SMS something like 1$ per SMS :P lol

  46. counselGuest 4 years ago

    How many of you who say this is terrible do NOT text while driving? I see people doing it all the time! I simply check when I get to where I am going. Hell, at least wait for a red light-just don’t get mad when I honk because you are texting stipidly when the light is green…

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  48. Monique ThompsonGuest 4 years ago

    I am a 45 year old mother. My oldest son just got his license January 12, 2011. I sadly announce that I am a violator of texting while driving. I have been a BAD example of texting a driving. Shame on me. After viewing this clip today was my last day of texting while driving. I will share this with my children to have them keep me accountable to this commitment.

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