A new emotional public service announcement hopes to get teenagers to think twice about texting while driving.
Summer Break, a social media reality show sponsored by AT&T, released a YouTube video called "No Good Reason" on Tuesday. In the video, the show's cast was asked if they could list some reasons for using a phone while driving.
Most of the teens confessed to using their phones while driving to text or Snapchat. They even listed factors such as boredom or the eagerness to read what their friends sent to them as reasons.
Then the interviewer introduced the teens to a young woman with a very personal story about distracted driving.
"When I was 21 years old driving home from my college graduation ceremony, a driver on his phone was so distracted, he turned left into the intersection at a red light," car crash survivor Jacy Good told the cast. "Another car — an 18-wheeler — swerved to miss him and hit my family's car. And the resulting collision actually killed both my parents."
The woman also said that she is now partially paralyzed.
After hearing her emotional story, the teens — shedding a few tears — were asked if they could list those same reasons for texting and driving.
"I'm not going to look at my phone ever again," one said.
As of August 24, the YouTube video has been viewed over 160,000 times.
According to the Department of Transportation, over 3,000 people were killed and over 400,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracting driving in 2014. Teenagers accounted for the largest proportion of distracted drivers in crashes.
Hopefully, this new PSA will help teach teens not to use their phones while behind the wheel of a car.
A Plus reached out to Summer Break for a comment.