Shocking new texting & driving film released
A shocking new video has been made for school pupils in an attempt to reduce crashes caused by drivers texting whilst driving.
The short 30-minute film called ‘COW’ shows Cassie Cowan, a teenage girl, killing four people as a result of her using her mobile phone to send a text. A clip from the film is shown below…[youtube 8I54mlK0kVw]
It includes footage of all the emergency services attending the crash scene, including the air ambulance, police and firefighters.
Filmed in Wales in a joint venture between filmmaker Peter Watkins-Hughes and Gwent emergency services, Police said it hoped the graphic video would be shown in schools around Wales and hopefully the rest of the UK, in a bid to prevent future crashes caused by ALL drivers, but particularly young and new ones.
Lyn Samuel, Gwent Police’s school liaison coordinator, said the film was a “very impactive road safety educational tool to help reduce the number of collisions involving young drivers across Wales”.
Chief Inspector John Pavett from Gwent Police Roads Policing Unit hopes the serious message in this film will hit home to viewers:
“Making and receiving calls and texting whilst driving is still happening on roads not just in Gwent but all over the country. Seeing a scenario, like the one Cassie goes through, played out right before your eyes makes you realise how extremely dangerous it can be and what devastating consequences it can have.
“I hope that after watching this film motorists will think twice before picking up their mobile phone when behind the wheel and realise that a quick reply to a text message or answering a phone call is never worth putting theirs and other people’s lives at risk.”
A second clip from the film shows two relatives of the crash victims meeting at the hospital:[youtube zbFJWDqc0C4]
Recent research by the RAC Foundation showed reaction times slowed by 35% when 17 to 24-year-olds drove while reading or writing text messages.
Research last year also found that texting while driving impairs motorists more than being under the influence of drink or drugs.
The report found that almost 50% of drivers aged between 18 and 24 texted while driving.
As well as slowing reaction times, drivers who text often drifted out of lanes, had poorer steering control and the overall driving performance was poor.
Drivers currently face a £60 fine and three penalty points on their licence for using hand-held mobile phones at the wheel.