The Glee season finale ended with a texting and driving cliffhanger that showed the serious consequences of texting and driving. I applaud Glee and Fox TV for bringing such an important issue to prime time television and am very hopeful that millions of teens across North America will get the message that texting and driving don't mix.
Seeing a character that you've known and followed for years get involved in a serious accident can be very emotional and disturbing. The fact that Glee chose to have Quinn's accident caused by texting and driving shows how much of a national problem texting and driving has become.
The cast and crew of Glee have an opportunity to open next season with a serious conversation about texting and driving and I have high hopes that they'll do just that. Drivers (especially teen drivers) need repeated reminders that texting can - and does - kill people every day. Teens often fall into the false belief that a texting and driving accident could never happen to them because they are excellent texters, but the Glee episode showed the reality of texting and driving. Every text you send takes your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds, which was just long enough for Quinn to end up in a potentially deadly accident.
Quinn tried to avoid her buzzing phone but ultimately gave into the temptation of picking it up and reading and then responding to her text messages. This is the same temptation that most teens face every day. The best way to make sure you don't text and drive is to put your phone away, out of reach, until you get to your next stop. There is no message and no news that can't wait 5-10 minutes for you to respond.
What will happen to Quinn during the next season? Did she survive the crash? Only Glee knows the answers at this point, the rest of us will just have to stay tuned to see.