Teens happily admit to texting and driving – but a talk with this young woman changes everything


You're 23 times more likely to cause a car accident when you text and drive.

But this group of teens seem pretty comfortable admitting to picking up their phones when they're behind the wheel.

The group, who are featured in LA reality show Summer Break were interviewed as part of US telecommunications company’s AT & T’s  #ITCANWAIT campaign, in a video posted to YouTube.

Aside from a few self-conscious giggles, the adolescents have no qualms admitting they even use Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat in the driver's seat.

"If someone you like texts you, you cant just, like, sit there without knowing," one girl says earnestly.

But after a meeting with a young woman who had been in an accident caused by a texter, their attitudes change completely.

According to News.com.au, Jacy Good lost both her parents and received a severe brain injury in a crash caused by a driver on their phone.

Watch the teen's reactions in the video below.

Take these steps to avoid the temptation

  1. Before you even start your car, think about which calls you need to make or which urgent messages you need to send, and handle them.
  2. If you need to take an urgent call while driving, ask a friend to handle your phone for you.
  3. Activate your cell phone's answering service and set up an SMS which automatically lets the caller know that you’re driving and will respond later.
  4. If you absolutely need to take a call, pull off in a safe road and take the call.
  5. Put your cell phone in the cubby hole while you drive -- out of sight, out of mind!
  6. There are few apps for iPhone and Android which automatically locks your phone as soon as you drive. When the motor comes to a stop, your cell phone is activated again.
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