Orem Police and Fire Departments Take Mannequin Challenge to Share Powerful Message

More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving

OREM, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Orem Police and Fire Departments are joining in on a viral trend to share an important message with young people. 
 
Orem police released a video of the Mannequin Challenge. 
 
The video begins with the following message: 
 
"Texting while driving is now the leading cause of death among teenagers, surpassing drinking and driving, according to a study by Cohen Children's Medical Center."
 
The video shows an mock crash scene that was caused by a teenage driver texting behind the wheel. 
 

 
Police say more than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving. 
 
The video ends with a simple plea from officers: "Please don't be afraid to ask your friends to put their phone down." 
 
The Mannequin Challenge a viral Internet video trend where people remain frozen in action in like mannequins while a video is recorded. You can find videos under the hashtag #MannequinChallenge on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 

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