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Will Glee Examine Consequences Of Quinn's Texting Car Accident?

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Warning: The content below contains potential spoilers.

In Glee's winter finale, producers addressed the issue texting and driving when Quinn is involved in a car crash when texting while driving.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krwZUUjLwiY&feature=player_embedded

Many fans (Gleeks) have been speculated as to the consequences of Quinn's decision to text while driving. The Internet rumor-mill suggests Quinn will survive the collision when the series resumes on April 10, but may suffer the consequence of serious debilitating injuries.

Glee fan site wetpaint.com suggests Quinn may suffer a spinal cord or other injury that confines her to a wheelchair. Photos from the set show Quinn in a wheelchair with Artie at a skate park with members of Life Rolls On (@LifeRollsOn on Twitter).

Life Rolls On is a non-profit organization that inspires others to see the boundless possibilities beyond paralysis. Established in 2002, LRO's signature adaptive surfing program, They Will Surf Again, has grown into a catalyst of hope for thousands of individuals throughout the world. Life Rolls On is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizes action sports as a platform to inspire infinite possibilities despite paralysis.

Source: Life Rolls On

Texting and driving is all too common – particularly among younger drivers. Crashes like that depicted on Glee can happen to you. CNN reported that it happened to more than half-a-million people in 2009 with nearly 5,500 killed.

Texting and using a cell phone while driving account for more than 25% of auto crashes.

In 2010, the Huffington Post compared the dangers of texting while driving with driving under the influence with some surprising results — the study showed that texting while driving was much more dangerous than drinking and driving. According to that same investigative project:

  • Drivers are twice as likely to cause a crash if texting than if drinking — Drunk driving increases the likelihood of causing a car crash by 4 times while texting and driving increases the risk by 8 times.
  • Texting drivers need 6 times as much distance to stop than a drunk driver — drunk drivers travel 4 additional feet before stopping while a texting driver travels 25 more feet before stopping.
  • Texting drivers typically gaze at their mobile device for 5 seconds — enough time to travel 29 car lengths at interstate speeds.

To combat the distracted driving problem a group of more than 750 trial attorneys from the country have volunteered to speak at schools in all 50 states to spread the word about distracted driving dangers to young drivers. The group has set a goal of speaking to more than 100,000 students in one week during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month (April 2012).

Please don't put yourself and others at risk.

[More at 60ForSafety]

[More at End Distracted Driving]

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