Texting And Driving Ad Campaign Gains Popularity

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

WEST TEXAS - In some states, it's against the law to use a cell phone behind the wheel, but while Texas currently isn't one of them, a new advertisment might keep some from doing it anyway.

"It's very realistic. I worked as an officer for 19 years and that's exactly what some of the things I've seen," Officer Casey Sampson with the Odessa Police Department, said.

The ad campaign shown on YouTube features a teen texting while driving with her friends in the car, and the result is deadly.

"It's very horrific and bloody and real life. We talk to our kids about texting and talking on the phone while driving; try to hammer into their heads," Concerned Parent, Vickie Gotcher said.

After seeing the ad for the first time, some say it's enough to understand that using your cell phone while driving isn't worth risking your life and the lives of others.

"It really opened my eyes. Just looking down for one second and a billion things could happen," Carissa Tarnowski, who viewed the video, said.

"If they cause a death of a friend of someone else, they won't forget it," Gotcher said.

Officer Casey Sampson believes the ad is not only realistic, but also very effective.

"A lot of teens think they're invisible, that nothing can happen to them, but anything like that can happen," Officer Sampson said.

Many say that Texas should join in and make it against the law to use a cell phone behind the wheel.

"I think they should. It would save a lot of lives and prevent accidents from happening," Tarnowski said.

"They need to realize that a distraction can happen even by changing the CD in your player. It happens within seconds and it's too late," Sampson said.

While the ad is currently only airing on television in the United Kingdom, it's quickly gaining popularity on the Internet in the United States. 

Some people have even posted it on their networking sites like MySpace or Facebook to try and spread the word to friends.