The Public Safety Department wants to get teensâ€™ attention in a new television spot, and putting a young person who is texting in a body bag could do it.
One of two anti-texting public service spots, to run statewide, features a teen in a body bag, apparently there because he was texting while driving. State law, of course, forbids the practice. Also illegal is emailing and the like, although using a mobile telephone while driving remains legal for drivers 18 and older.
One tidbit many drivers, young and old, do not realize is that texting, emailing, etc. is illegal even if the car is stopped at a light or stuck in traffic.
State officials say about 20 percent of Minnesota traffic deaths are due to distracted driving, and they say texting is distracting.