New Documentary Highlights The Dangers And Aftermath Of Texting And Driving

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AT&T has been on the forefront of the It Can Wait campaign for quite a few years now, and its latest documentary from director Werner Herzog continues to spread the word about the dangers of texting and driving.

The documentary, From One Second to the Next, tells the stories of those who have caused or been involved with accidents because of texting and driving. The 35 minute film will be shown in more than 40,000 high schools across the country, and will also be distributed to safety organizations and government agencies. AT&T, along with newer carrier partners, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon will have the film on their own YouTube channels, and it will also be available on demand for AT&T U-Verse customers.

“When you get a message while driving, it’s hard not to pick up your phone,” said Herzog. “With this film, we want to help make people more aware of the potential consequences of that action.”

If you still haven’t pledged on ItCanWait, we suggest you do so. While carriers can advertise the dangers of texting and driving, spreading the word to those you care about may have a more lasting effect. In either case, the fight against texting and driving is still going on, so make sure you spread the word of It Can Wait and the documentary below!

More details about the documentary can be found below.

New Documentary Shows the Aftermath of Texting & Driving

Acclaimed Director Werner Herzog Tells the Stories of People in “It Can Wait” Ads; Wireless Carriers Distributing the Free Film to Schools, Safety Advocates, the Public

DallasTexasAugust 08, 2013

Injuring or even killing someone because you were texting while driving is a life-changing experience.  There are countless stories of people who took their eyes off the road for a second and ended up in an accident that changed their lives and the lives of others forever.

People who are living with the consequences of those experiences are the focus of a powerful new documentary created by acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog to reach millions with a message on the dangers of texting and driving.  In the short film, Herzog expands on the stories he tells through the 30-second “Texting & Driving … It Can Wait” spots launched in May by wireless carriers AT&TSprint,T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Verizon.  By giving voice to the individuals who caused the accidents and the many people whose lives have forever been changed by them, Herzog shows the devastating aftermath that can be created when a driver turns their attention to a single, meaningless text.

“When you get a message while driving, it’s hard not to pick up your phone,” said Herzog. “With this film, we want to help make people more aware of the potential consequences of that action.”

The It Can Wait® campaign helps drive awareness of the dangers of texting while driving, encourages individuals to pledge not to text and drive, and enables those who have made a personal commitment to influence others.  By sharing tools like this film with schools and safety advocates, and by making them available free to the public, the carriers are working to encourage responsible use of wireless technology.

The documentary will be available at ItCanWait.com, a site where anyone can go to get more information about the issue, share their story, take the pledge not to text and drive, and get resources to help make others aware of the dangers. The film also will be distributed to more than 40,000 high schools nationwide, and hundreds of safety organizations and government agencies. The carriers will post it to their YouTube sites, and it will be available as on-demand content for customers of AT&T U-verse.

The It Can Wait® campaign, created to end texting and driving, has evolved into a movement.  It currently is supported by the four largest U.S. wireless carriers, more than 200 other organizations and thousands of caring individuals. The movement has inspired more than 2 million pledges through ItCanWait.com, on Facebook, through text-to-pledge and tweet-to-pledge, and at events.

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