A shocking made for TV video from the UK and originally shown in Wales, is having some further impact world-wide by being shown on Youtube.
I saw a shortened version here in the US, on the evening TV news. However, the full length version showing the aftermath of the crash, I feel has a far greater affect.
I know some of you may have already seen this, and by showing it here I am only preaching to the choir. But hopefully from here the message will find its way to other sites viewed by those who need to see this.
I wish this video could be shown in schools throughout the US. It is the young driver, their inexperience coupled with texting and cell phone use, who pose the biggest threat, both to themselves and other road users.
On the same subject here in the US, the State of Utah has brought in tough new laws to deal with the problem of people sending text messages while driving.
Under Utah’s law, someone caught texting and driving now faces up to three months in jail and up to a $750 fine, a misdemeanor. If they cause injury or death, the punishment can grow to a felony and up to a $10,000 fine and 15 years in prison.
The new law which took effect in May 2009, penalizes a driver causing a crash while texting, as harshly as a drunk driver. State senator Lyle Hillyard, and supporter of the bill stated:
"It is a willful act, if you choose to drink and drive or if you choose to text and drive, you are assuming the same risk."
Kudos to the senator, and the state of Utah; it is always a good thing when a state enacts tough new laws like this, because eventually other states will follow.
In Utah it was a 19 year old male text messaging his girl friend while driving, and the resulting crash killing two men, that brought about this legislation. Sadly, it will probably be similar tragic events that will force other states to act.
Only when public attitude changes and people realize that all this multi-tasking people do while driving is a choice, and a poor choice at that, will these widespread practices start to carry the stigma that drinking and driving carries