A texting driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident than a non-texting driver (VTTI). Additionally, a full 75% of teens say texting while driving is “common” among their friends – are you at risk for tragedy? Last week saw the release of a powerful new documentary from film maker Werner Herzog on the dangers of distracted driving. The 35-minute video sends a clear message to all drivers – new and experienced alike. The dangers of texting and driving can have a tragic and lasting effect on the lives of the driver, passengers, and others sharing the road.
Communications companies AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Sprint have joined together to produce the film, with the aim of discouraging drivers from picking up their phone when they are behind the wheel. We here at GDL Institute were moved by the emotional video, and are happy to see that the documentary is freely available online at YouTube, and is also being distributed to more than 40,000 high schools and number of safety organizations and government agencies with the intent of reaching as many at-risk drivers as possible.
If you are a new driver or the parent of a teen driver, we encourage you to join the almost 2 million others who have already taken the time to watch the documentary, “From One Second to the Next.”
Let us know what you think! What did you think about the video, and are you likely to alter your own driving habits as a result?
- New Data from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Provides Insight into Cell Phone Use and Driving Distraction – Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
- It Can Wait Campaign
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