Chilling new ad campaign targets `texting and driving` - FOX 32 News Chicago

Chilling new ad campaign targets `texting and driving`

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A public service announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation is meant to shock people into putting their phones down while driving.

More than one million views for the PSA featuring three young people in a car - a teen talking, texting and distracted while driving.

The outcome here? A fatal side collision after a missed stop sign.

Even scarier?

Fox 32's Tisha Lewis reports Illinois State Police say the number of distracted driving citations including texting while driving has more than tripled in the last year, 2380 compared to 767.

Fox 32 News spotted one driver in this Lincoln Park intersection holding his smart phone up while driving.

Another shocking example in a video that just surfaced showing a close call between a texting driver and a police officer in Oklahoma. The officer was writing a ticket on the roadside when the driver careened into the traffic stop.

"It seems as if we're not going to pay attention to these problems unless we see these types of things on TV," said Natalia Schuurman.

Whether it's real life or a PSA police here in Chicago and around the country hope shocking images and videos like this will make people think twice before they pick up a phone.

Chicago police say if you are stopped by an officer for texting and driving you will receive an Administrative Notice of Ordinance Violation and could face a judge. The U.S. Department of Transportation PSA is the first national campaign launched the department.

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