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 |  Aug 26 2012, 10:01 AM

Ray LaHood is all about stopping distracted driving, and has recently teamed up with Fox’s hit television show Glee on some promotional videos aimed at young drivers to “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.”

In the new television and digital public service announcements, Dianna Agron’s character on Glee, Quinn Fabray, gets into an accident as a result of texting while driving. The videos places an emphasis that reading a text message on average keeps your eyes off the road for five seconds – more than enough time to get into a serious accident, or drive the length of a football field. According to recent NHTSA research, at least 3,092 people were killed in 2010 as a result of distracted driving.

It’s all in a continued effort to stop texting and driving, along with other things that could distract drivers while on the road. If even a few teenagers are convinced thanks to the involvement of Glee, then it’s already a success.

“Distracted driving is an epidemic on our roadways, and our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are often the most at risk,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. “Young people across the country watch ‘Glee,’ and we’re thrilled to partner with the show to spread the word that texting and driving don’t mix. I thank the Ad Council, Ryan Murphy, and the cast of ‘Glee’ for their continued efforts to raise awareness about this issue.”

Watch the two clips with Dianna Agron below.

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