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Will this graphic video stop you from texting while driving?

Texting while driving — it's a worldwide phenomenon and a global danger.

It's obvious that text messaging while driving is dangerous. Your eyes and attention are off the road ahead. A driver who is texting is more than 23 times more likely to get into an accident than a non-distracted driver, according to a new study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which urges that texting while driving should be illegal.

As reported by the BBC, NPR and elsewhere, a graphic public service film made in Britain, which depicts the dangers of texting while driving, has spread virally across the internet.

The four-minute video clip was produced and directed in Wales, Britain, by Peter Watkins-Hughes, an award-winning former BBC TV producer who is also a lecturer for the Documentary Film & Television department at the Newport School of Art, Media and Design in Wales. He got his own students to work on this drama, which was made for — and with — the local Gwent Police Department. Last week Watkins-Hughes posted the video on YouTube so that a friend could see it. From there it went viral, being viewed by more than 1 million viewers in a few days. Watkins-Hughes says the longer-version of this drama will be shown at British schools this year.