A Birthday & a VERY Important Video...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Thursday, January 28, 2010

Please join me in wishing one of the dearest people
in the bloggosphere a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

#30, right Songbird?

Much happiness to you DESERT SONGBIRD of "The Ice Box"

I will admit that in the past I have sent text messages while driving. Now, I will do so if I am stopped at a traffic light only.

If you are guilty of this, if you know someone who does so, if you have teenage children, nieces, nephews, friends of your kids...hell, if you can stop strangers and show them this, then do it.

It is the best PSA (Public Service Announcement), I have ever seen.

Why it is not playing on television stations every evening during prime time television is beyond me.

Maybe it is because the cell phone companies spend so much money on commercials...maybe it is too graphic...if either of those are the reason, then shame on every freakin network executive alive!

How about running THIS spot during the Super Bowl????

Please send your friends over here to watch this - embed it on your site - whatever...just let's spread the viewing of this to as many people as possible, because this is what is going on today and it is so very wrong.

The blue eyes of the baby will visit me in my sleep...I know it.

This is some of the information provided with the video:
Tredegar Comprehensive School and Gwent Police (Gwent is located in south-east Wales,UK) present a half hour drama entitled 'COW' --The film that will stop you from texting and driving," with SPECIAL EFFECTS BY ZIPLINE CREATIVE http://www.ziplinecreative.co.uk (this is a trailer video)

** The four-minute sequence involves British student actors and crews -- and is part of a larger 30-minute drama produced and directed by Peter Watkins-Hughes -- (visit http://bit.ly/AeYB4) -- an award winning former BBC producer who is also a lecturer for the Documentary Film & Television department at the Newport School of Art, Media and Design in Wales. This drama was made for -- and with -- the Gwent Police Department, located approximately 150 miles west of London.

** WARNING the graphic clip is professionally staged -- but does a fine job hammering its message home. In my view, it should be seen by every parent -- and imported/licensed for broadcast or school use throughout the United States from Mr. Watkins-Hughes. His contact information is available above.

COW: Its all about Cassie COWan a nice girl from a Gwent Valleys family who kills four people on the road because she used her mobile and lost her concentration for a few seconds. Gwent police is proud to have helped Brynmawr filmmaker Peter Watkins- Hughes in the production, which stars local drama students Jenny Davies as Cassie, and Amy Ingram and Laura Quantick as her friends, Emm and Jules.

It is hoped this film will become part of the core schools programme across Wales and the UK and ultimately worldwide.

Gwent Police facilitated the films crash scenes because we want to stop ALL drivers, but particularly young and new ones, from causing accidents.

Over 300 teenagers from all over Wales were auditioned to take part in the film, nine police vehicles were involved and both the police and air ambulance helicopters featured.

State of the art digital special effects were utilised to show the impact of what would happen inside the car during impact. 

Lyn Samuel, School Liaison Coordinator for Gwent Police said: We worked closely with the production team including the University of Wales Newport, Tredegar Comprehensive School and local partners including the council and Probation Service. The result is a very impactive road safety educational tool to help reduce the number of collisions involving young drivers across Wales. Chief Inspector John Pavett from Gwent Police Roads Policing Unit hopes the serious message in this film will hit home to viewers:

Making and receiving calls and texting whilst driving is still happening on roads not just in Gwent but all over the country"

Seeing a scenario, like the one Cassie goes through, played out right before your eyes makes you realise how extremely dangerous it can be and what devastating consequences it can have.

I hope that after watching this film motorists will think twice before picking up their mobile phone when behind the wheel and realise that a quick reply to a text message or answering a phone call is never worth putting theirs and other peoples lives at risk.

It should be noted that here in Wales, we use the word "taster" instead of "teaser" as we're giving you a "taste" of what the full 30-minute video is like.

19 Of Your Sparks

  1. Jeff B Says:
  2. Wow!

    That gave me chills watching it. A new version of the drivers ed film I remember as a teen called "Red Asphalt".

    This played during the Super Bowl would be phenomenal. Talk about a way to get a discussion going. They'd never play it here in the states I'm afraid. At least not in a venue like that.

    Excellent post my friend...excellent!

  3. Mimi Lenox Says:
  4. Happy birthday dear Songbird!!!

    I don't think I can watch it but thank you for posting. It is an important message. I see people doing this everyday.

  5. ...And what makes you think it is OK to text at a stoplight?...

  6. Travis Cody Says:
  7. Ditto to what Phrankie said. Put your phone away when you're in the car. There's time when you get home or to whatever destination to check voice mail, email, and texts you might have gotten while you were driving.

    My phone stays in my bag when I get in the car. When I'm behind the wheel, there is nothing more important than driving.

  8. First of all, thanks for the birthday wishes. Yes, I am in fact it IS my 30th.......AGAIN!

    I've seen that video clip before, but regardless, I agree that it is a powerful message. I never answer the phone while I'm driving, and I never answer text messages, either. If the kids are with me, I have them pick up the phone. If not, then I ignore the call or text, and then wait until I arrive home or at my destination. It's just not worth the risk.

    PUT DOWN THE PHONE! And that includes you at the stoplight, Mr. Marini!

  9. See, I can't even type while I'm sitting still! I didn't mean to write "I am" in my first sentence. Can you imagine what would happen if I tried to text while driving????!!!!

  10. JEFF: I thought it was important to post and I hope people watch

    MIMI: You should show it in class

    PHFRANKIE: OK, call me on that. I guess stopped in a long line of cars, I read more than text - but thanks for calling me out

    TRAVIS: I do have a bluetooth for talking...but again, thanks for calling me out

    SONGBIRD: You are welcome my friend...Once again..point taken...
    LOLOL..Yes I see the problem

  11. Jay Says:
  12. I never text and drive. Never. Well, okay that's mainly because I use pre-paid cellphone and I never use the text feature. ;-)

  13. Mic Says:
  14. Powerful message for sure. I don't text but I won't lie...I use my phone in the truck.

  15. JAY: But if you talk, you should have an earbud

    MICK: Get a bluettoth, or if your phone is not equipped, and earbud..

  16. Dianne Says:
  17. NO phones in cars - PERIOD

    I'm so sick of it Vinny
    I'm at a light and look in the rearview and here comes an SUV full of kids with idiot Mom on the phone, you can see from her body movements that she's having an animated conversation

    studies have shown that hands free is BS
    the focus on conversation takes away from the focus on driving

    I wish the police would enforce the laws on the books
    the fines would help struggling town/city economies at the same time

  18. DIANNE: I have stirred up the hornets nest indeed...

  19. Dad Vince Says:
  20. Powerful message - result shown here from texting could be and has been the same from drinking and driving.

    I believe use of a phone in a moving car should be prohibited. I can not understand why it is still not against the law in Florida.

  21. mic again Says:
  22. I say get over it about the phones, looking through your CD collection is just as dangerous. Programing GPS, just as dangerous. Yelling at the kids in the backseat, just as dangerous. Give me a break, driving a car is fucking dangerous!!!!!!!!!

  23. DAD: Very true regarding texting and DUIs

    MIC: Well said Sir...but I guess the more we limit our actions while driving the safer we can make it...

  24. Patti Says:
  25. I never use the phone while driving, but I seem to be in the minority. Everyone seems to be doing it, although it's against the law.

    P.S. Important info: Linus was lounging on clean clothes. I know, they should not have been in the laundry basket. I'm tired, what can I say?

  26. TopChamp Says:
  27. Hello! I try to turn my phone right off, or I struggle to resist the urge to phone someone when traffic is very slow (often the way on the commute I do). Off altogether works.

  28. Lu' Says:
  29. We were headed to a shoot one day and on the highway in traffic a car passed us doing about 80, we were doing near 70 and he was texting! Pa recently had a fatal accident involving testing while driving. I can't understand why it isn't against the law everywhere to text while driving.

  30. Bar Says:
  31. I posted an article yesterday about a guy here who was convicted of felony manslaughter and sent to prison for killing a woman in a crosswalk while texting. I'm going to go watch the video now....


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