New Zealand's Got A Brilliantly Funny Way To Discourage People From Texting And Driving

I know some people who are pretty terrified of flying in an airplane, but have no trouble driving their car every day. Statistically, you're actually 19 times more likely to die in a car crash than you are on a plane, regardless of how often you fly. Approximately 32,000 people meet their doom in car accidents every year in the U.S. alone. One of the biggest problems over the last few years has been the issue of distracted drivers, most of them using their phones.

It's estimated that 23% of all automobile accidents and collisions that occur in the U.S. are the result of one or more parties involved being distracted by their phone, usually texting. For some reason, way too many people think that they can get away with it and that they somehow won't be the ones to crash ... until it happens to them. Distracted driving is a serious, global issue and it's no wonder that governments and private companies have all started making greater attempts to educate the public about the very real consequences of this incredibly dangerous habit.

While the majority of these public service announcements tend to be pretty hard-hitting and grim, New Zealand's Transport Agency decided that instead of scaring people, they'd take a lighter approach and suggest a harmless, but hilarious way to get distracted drivers to curb their bad habit. Whenever the driver has an urge to check a recent message, his/her friend in the front passenger seat simply puts their hand where the phone is - leading to awkward, unintentional contact that makes the driver forget their phone. Set to the tune of Lionel Richie's classic, "Hello," this is definitely my new favorite anti-texting PSA.

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H/T: NZTransportAgency

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