AT&T posted Monday a ten-minute documentary that once again warns public about the disturbing and unpleasant consequences of text messaging while driving, in an effort to raise awareness about this issue ahead of the New Year’s Eve.

Mind you, the people you see in the below video aren’t professional actors. Before you hit the Play button, be advised that the video contains disturbing images and intense scenes.

It’s all part of the carrier’s ten-minute documentary entitled "The Last Text" designed to remind you how a bad judgment call and a stupid text message can turn your life upside down in an instant – and for the worse.

The company underscored that the video features "stories of real individuals whose lives have been adversely affected by texting behind the wheel."

Take Mariah West, 18, pictured on the left, who died in a horrible accident because she lost control of her car upon sending her last text message: "Where u at."

Reminding that the documentary is part of its nationwide campaign dubbed "It Can Wait," AT&T promised to distribute the film to schools, safety organizations, and government agencies. The carrier’s senior vice president Gail Torreano warned teenagers in a statement that "a text message is not worth a life."

According to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, there’s a 23x greater danger of a fatal car crash if you text while you drive. Kudos to AT&T for producing this video that will, let’s hope, once again raise public awareness about this modern-age tech phenomenon.

Of course we all know about the dangers stemming from texting while driving. It’s a dangerous habit that endangers the lives of others, not just your own. Yet no matter how often we hear the fact, some of us still engage in this life-threatening activity.

Everyone should check out this video and see for themselves what a reckless behavior texting while driving is. And never forget that technology can always wait so put down that phone while you drive because you don’t want to pay the ultimate price for your actions.

Source: AT&T