1. Last week, the Department of Transportation launched its first-ever national campaign against distracted driving.
2. Its first advertisement is a 30-second clip of teenagers using their cell phones while driving.
3. In the clip, the driver gets a text and goes to answer it while blowing through a stop sign.
5. The fairly blunt anti-texting-while-driving ads will run nationally during the middle of April.
Television, radio and digital advertisements using the phrase U Drive. U Text. U Pay. will run from April 7-15, which coincides with a nationwide law enforcement crackdown in states with distracted driving bans.
“This campaign puts distracted driving on par with our efforts to fight drunk driving or to encourage seatbelt use,” said Secretary Foxx. “Across the country, we’re putting distracted drivers on notice: If you’re caught texting while driving, the message you receive won’t be from your cell phone, but from law enforcement - U Drive. U Text. U Pay.”