Glee’s Dianna Agron voices a new public service ad that features her car crash scene from the hit Fox show’s season finale in an effort to prevent teens from texting while driving.
More than a 1.4 million traffic accidents occur every year in the United States, and 28 percent of them are caused while people talk on cellphones or send text messages while driving, according the National Safety Council, which released a new study on Tuesday (Aug. 21). About 200,000 are blamed on text messaging.
Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have banned cell phone use of any kind while driving, but Virginia, New York, Washington and Louisiana require some other reason for stopping a vehicle, before a police officer can cite a driver for using their phone.
In “Glee’s” finale, Agron’s character Quinn Fabray is on her way to the wedding of Rachel and (Lea Michele) Finn (Cory Monteith). She’s running late, so Rachel shoots her a text: “Where Are You.”
In the time it takes to type in a response, “On my way,” Quinn’s car is broadsided by another.
“Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting while driving,” Agron says in the ad.
Quinn was left temporarily paralyzed, but in real life, texting while driving accounted for 16,141 deaths between 2002 and 2007, according to a study by the North Texas Health Science Center.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in partnership with Glee, released the PSA ad on Tuesday. Check it out below