Car Accident Orange County
Dr Barry Marks, DC Orange, CA
Public Service Announcements on Teen Drinking and Texting While Driving Part 1 of 3
I came across these videos recently in my search for Driver’s Ed. material for my 15 year old soon-to-be-behind-the-wheel son. I recall way back in my Driver’s Ed class watching films such as “Red Asphalt” and others that were made in the 50’s and 60’s and were quite gruesome. Today’s Teen Driving PSA’s are more polished and contemporary, but I believe the sheer shock and emotion they punch at you make them very effective.
As a doctor who has specialized in car crash injuries for over 20 years, I have seen how simple car crashes can permanently alter lives. As an expert I also know that over 80% of all crashes are caused by driver negligence. That’s why I do not call them “accidents.” They are not. They are acts of negligence.
There is nothing more negligent than driving while texting, intoxicated or just fooling around. It puts teh driver, their passengers and many others on the road in jeopardy.
Cars are lethal weapons. Cars driving down the road have a tremendous amount of potential energy stored in them. Even a small car traveling at slow neighborhood speeds pack enough punch to hurt others. Cars driving at higher speeds can result in horrific carnage as evidenced by the following videos.
The videos are graphic and disturbing, but they should be. Parents, don’t shirk away from them because they are too upsetting. Your teen drivers need to see this. Teens, Don’t dismiss these videos as propaganda or attempts to scare you. These videos depict very real events. Events that take the lives of teenagers every day. While you may not drive and text or drive drunk or reckless, your friends might. It’s up to you to stop them.
My intention is that ALL drivers, of ALL ages view these videos and discuss them with others. How many more stories about horrible car, bus, train and plane crashes caused by drinking or texting must we endure?