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San Francisco has a billboard that shames texting drivers

San Francisco has a billboard that shames texting drivers

I'm on record as being 100 percent against driving while distracted. It's just a fact that texting - or really operating your phone  at all - while you're behind the wheel is dangerous and even deadly. In the state of California, it's also illegal. You'll be fined a minimum of $76 for texting and driving, but people do it anyway.

If a hefty fine isn't enough to deter people from a perilous habit, maybe shame will work. One Bay Area resident has begun posting photos of real-life distracted drivers on billboards around San Francisco. Gizmodo had the exclusive scoop from the man behind this project:

The project, called Texting While in Traffic (TWIT) is the brainchild of San Francisco graphic designer Brian Singer, who agreed to relinquish his anonymity after we got in touch with him for Gizmodo. Singer began the project after he recently started commuting along the 101 Freeway, where he couldn't believe how often he saw drivers on their phones. "I've been blown away by the number of people texting while in traffic, on the freeway," he says. "For every nose picker, there's 20 texters. Unofficial estimation by me."

Do you think texting drivers have a reasonable expectation of privacy while out on the freeway? Or is this public shaming justified to try and stop a deadly trend? Click here to read the full story and decide.

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