It’s one of the most dangerous things you can do – texting while driving. There are laws against it in more than half the states. Studies show it can increase your chances of having an accident by four times. But people keep doing it. The message is not getting through. So in Britain, there’s an effort to make the message a lot more dramatic.It’s a 30-minute video with slick production made for showing in British high schools – made to demonstrate the distracting danger of texting on a cell phone while driving.
It’s also very deliberately made to shock.
The film shows numerous violent car crashes. They’re cinema – not real footage. But the images are so graphic and horrific that the film was labeled for 18-and-over only when an excerpt landed on YouTube last week.
Its writer and director – who cast his own son Henry in the video – makes no apologies.
“Yes it is violent, but the reality of a fatal road accident is much more gruesome, is much more violent,” said writer-director Peter Watkins Hughes. “My position on this is that if you are old enough to drive, if you are old enough to want to drive, you are old enough to be aware of the real and serious risks one places yourself in every time you get behind the wheel.”