AOL Autos has written a lot about all kinds of distracted driving this year, and not just texting.

There have been people who attempt to eat whole rotisserie chickens while driving; people who drive around with dogs on their laps and laying around their necks; and of course the folks who text, text, text and wind up killing themselves or others.

Volkswagen has touched on a common kind of distracted driving and created a powerful kind of public-service video (see above) that has taken a lot of women--mostly women anyway--off guard and gone viral.

The idea started with Volkswagen's German ad agency DDB Tribal by enlisting a popular video-blogger Nikkie, a 19-year old Netherlands-based woman who has a popular series of make-up videos on Youtube.

It's pretty clever since those watching the Nikkie video figure they are just getting one more session on eye make-up before the public-service message comes crashing through the wall.

Women applying make-up is a common form of distracted driving. In the U.K., one on five women admit to applying makeup while driving. A recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found touching up your lipstick (or any other makeup) can increase a driver's crash risk by three times whereas talking on the phone upped the risk by just 1.3 times.

Numerous states have adopted driving-while-texting laws. But distracted driving is becoming such a problem with so many activities that more states could move to adopt a California-style law. Under California's vehicle code, a driver can be ticketed $145 to $1,000 for engaging in "any activities" that distracts the driver. The law is intentionally worded in a broad manner, and spells out any activity that causes the driver to have "wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property."



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      Elroy Jetson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it. There was a woman who used to drive one of the busiest morning commutes in my town, applying makeup with both hands. I think she was steering with her knees. Still, she wasn't nearly as scary as the man who was reading his newspaper draped across his steering wheel and having coffee. My all-time favorite is the Guy driving with his puppy on his lap. Only his puppy was a full grown large breed dog. Maybe it was okay, I think the dog could drive better than the man.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you are operating a motor vehicle,you can kill someone or yourself.So when you do,Wouldn't you think that there is nothing more important,then your 100% attention.Thank you,from someone who was run over while walking on the sidewalk,because the driver dropped his cell phone and was to busy reaching for it.
      Brenda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Goodness!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Terriable. But what kind of car has a wall behind it? lawl
      suemg2011
      • 3 Years Ago
      That sure does grab your attention. Would be interested to know how much impact it will have on chronic distracted drivers.Hope it does something to wake these people up. Sometimes the roads are like dodgeem cars. On the phone going to slow or crossing over into other lanes. or keep hitting the brake with no one in front of them.Eating is another big one looking to see how much food they dropped on themselves.By far the phones are the worst, there is no way anyone can pay attention while being distracted in a conversation..
        • 3 Years Ago
        @suemg2011
        Jeez, too much typing, u should be an author......nnnnnoooooottttt!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      It doesn't matter if it's cell phones, makeup, shaving, GPS, having a club party because your fave song is on, whatever! If it distracts the driver from DRIVING, it is unacceptable.
      Mary M. Revis
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just don't get how anyone can be such a damn fool, to do ANYTHING but focus and drive while in their car. NOTHING is worth risking or losing your life over, that can't wait UNTIL you are done driving.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That sh_ _ was crazy, it almost gave me a Dam Heart Attack!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      another misleading story title
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      Powerful!
      Jeannette
      • 3 Years Ago
      that was AWESOME! did not expect that to happen. loved it!
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