Renowned director makes anti-texting & driving video
Have you ever sent an SMS message while driving? Now, acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog has made a film about lives ruined by texting and driving accidents.
Herzog, who directed Grizzly Man, about bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell, made the half hour documentary showcasing the lives of those affected by texting and driving. Part of an AT&T campaign called It Can Wait, it features people such as Ex, an eight-year-old who was paralyzed from the diaphragm down after a texting and driving accident, leaving him in a wheelchair.
It's all too easy to reach down and quickly answer that important text from someone while cruising along the road, confident that you'll only be looking away for a second, but this activity causes over 100,000 crashes per year, says AT&T, quoting figures from the National Safety Council – and that's just in the US.
There are other horrible reminders of what can happen when you are using your phone rather than watching the road. In April, the parents of 22-year-old Alexander Heit released a photo of an unfinished text message types by the student who careered off the road while typing it.
"Please, vow to never, never text and drive," said his mother in a statement at the time. "In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you."
The AT&T website features a pledge section, where you can make a public Facebook pledge never to text and drive.
Here's my guilty secret: I've done it. I stopped a few years ago, after a near-accident. When I looked down to tap out my text and then looked up again, I
found myself swerving towards the edge of the road - and there was a long
drop-off. I still remember the feeling in my stomach as I threw the phone down
and took a white-knuckle grip on the wheel. Never again. I grew up pretty
quickly that day.
As someone ashamed to have done it in the past, I'm going to retake the pledge. Will you?