If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video that’s currently circulating on Facebook and on various media sites must be a gold mine. The video clearly demonstrates the results of distracted driving.

In it, a lieutenant with the Byron Police Department in Georgia sits in his patrol car. The camera inside the cruiser is filming as an oblivious driver approaches the police unit from the rear at a high rate of speed.

The driver does not appear to brake. He slams his SUV into the rear of the police car. It’s estimated that the SUV was traveling at about 45 mph.

The lieutenant, who was stopped for a red light, was not seriously injured. He stated that he was grateful to have been wearing his seat belt, as it was “the hardest hit [he thought he’d] ever had in a car wreck.”

The SUV driver admitted that he “may have looked away for a second.” It’s not known if he was ticketed for the crash.

The outcome could have been far different if the person the driver struck had been riding a bicycle or a motorcycle or was a pedestrian crossing the street. The victim could easily have been catastrophically injured or killed and the distracted driver could be facing charges that could keep him behind bars for many years.

There is never a good reason to engage in any action or behavior behind the wheel other than driving. Eating, drinking, applying makeup or using a smartphone can lead to highway disasters with long-term repercussions for everyone involved.

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