Don't text and drive.
A terrifying crash in Fort Myers, Florida,
was recently captured
The cause: texting while driving.
On January 4, Officer Ivan Moorer of the Fort Myers Police Department started trailing (external - login to view) a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am after he noticed it swerving erratically.
The driver, Michael James Woody Jr., 23, wasn't drunk. He was just texting.
After Woody made "the world's worst right turn (external - login to view)," he accelerated across the lane and onto the sidewalk, striking a guardrail, bus stop sign and tree, before flipping over, according to (external - login to view) the crash report.
The video shows a shaken-up Woody crawling out the window of the overturned car.
Woody, who was promptly cited (external - login to view) for both careless driving and texting while driving, survived the crash uninjured.
Here's hoping he's learned his lesson.
According to (external - login to view) The Canadian Automobile Association, texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident or a "near-crash event" than drivers who are paying attention to the road.
"Distracted driving has always a major factor in collisions, but it's been a result of electronic technology that has really brought it to the forefront," Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Pierre Chamberland told CBC News last August.
A 2011 study found (external - login to view) that drivers' reaction times double when texting — and that included just reading texts.
"The act of reading and writing a text message are equally impairing and equally dangerous," said (external - login to view) one of the study's authors.
So if you're tempted to just read texts from a phone on your lap — "It's hands-free, right?" — don't. Crotches kill (external - login to view).
Florida driver learns why texting and driving is a very bad idea. (external - login to view)
And this is a slogan I want to see on a billboard.
Crotches kill (external - login to view).
Well hot damn!
Your crotch can kill, claim Alberta ads. (external - login to view)
An edgy new campaign aimed at distracted drivers is being rolled out across Alberta called "Crotches Kill."
The idea is to remind drivers to keep their eyes on the road and not on the phones in their lap.
"Because every text you send from your lap takes your eyes off the road for five seconds — enough to do a lifetime of damage," the ad states.
The $380,000 campaign is rolling out on radio, billboards, posters and online in two phases.