Great Hang Up: Widely-shared video DOESN'T show texting & driving accident

11:15 AM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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This may not come as a complete surprise: you can't  believe everything you see on the internet.

A video that's already been shared more than 28-thousand times on Facebook doesn't show a texting and driving accident as it claims.

The video, showing what appears to be a fatal accident on a snowy highway,  was posted January 3 by the Meme Street Journal.  The video description reads, in part: "RAW video taken from the dashboard of a State Trooper. It's purpose is to raise awareness of how dangerous texting and driving really is "especially around this time of the year."

While the message is good and the video is genuine, it didn't occur in the United States and there's no indication it was the result of distracted driving.  Instead, the video shows an accident that happened in February 2012 in Russia.  

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