People, if there are any doubts as to just how dangerous texting while driving is, you need to watch this documentary, entitled From One Second to the Next, created by Werner Herzog for AT&T and co-presented by Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. The short film starts out by saying that more than 100,000 accidents occur each year by someone who is texting while driving, and then proceeds to tell just four stories that feature people affected (and devastated) as the result of a distracted driver.

The image above is the aftermath of one of the incidents that killed two men, but each of the stories describe the anger, pain, regret and even forgiveness of these easily preventable accidents. This video, which is posted below, is part of the It Can Wait campaign aimed at getting people to pledge not to engage in dangerous driving distractions, including texting, e-mailing and surfing the internet.


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      Karl_T
      • 1 Year Ago
      On a lunch run while watching LeMans, I had to tell my best friend \"I\'d appreciate you not do that while I\'m in the car\" as he searched for an iPod play list while driving. I\'ve trusted the guy with my life as a fellow SCCA corner worker for nearly 20 years, but man it bugged the hell out of me as he kept looking at the iPod...
        monoblocks05
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karl_T
        If a buddy of mine ignored me and kept right on doing what he was doing with his phone, I would've said, "put that phone down or I'll have to take out my Glock and start playing with the trigger with the muzzle pointed your direction..." Assuming that he doesn't have a coronary immediately it at the least will have gotten his attention.
        Karl_T
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karl_T
        I should have made clear/stated- My friend stopped messing with the iPod as soon as I made my comment.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      I never text and drive. I e-mail, talk, surf the net, browse Yelp, and monkey around with my navigation program instead.
      DKano
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the reasons I've even yelled at my wife for asking me why I didn't text her back (while I was driving). Once I get on my car I put the phone down and it stays down. The last thing I'd want to do is drive so carelessly that someone loses their live because of me.
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      4RR4Y
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am a courtesy driver for a dealership, to which my company vehicle is equipped with Bluetooth yet no navigation. I quickly grew to disregard the omission of a navigation system, and appreciate the convenience of Bluetooth; the lack of navigation eliminates a potential distraction as I drive, while the Bluetooth allows me to answer and make calls without removing my hands from the steering wheel. That being said, I never use my phone otherwise while driving, and dislike whenever my phone attempts to interrupt such. Texting is too impersonal, to which I rarely text even when I am not driving. Thars nuthin mor irrtatin than some1 who attemps 2 hold an entire convo via txt msgs.... when they are clearly available to make an efficient phone call.
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      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just watched the entire thing... I already don't text and drive, but this just scares me because I see so many others doing it. Sharing this through Facebook, everyone else should too.
      MotionDesigner
      • 1 Year Ago
      The "texting-while-driving" epidemic is the only reason why I would advocate cars utilizing that weird eyeball sensing technology. If the car detects your eyes are looking downward for more than 3-4 seconds, it should automatically stop accelerating and gently apply the brakes.
        Duck
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        And its much cheaper and far more effective to just mandate that the keypad is disabled above say 20mph. Bam, problem solved, and it can be a simple software update costing $0 to implement. You create the law, and push the update to the phones over the network via the carrier. Bam, texting/dialing/etc epidemic while driving solved TOMORROW! DONE! Can't text while you're riding in a taxi in motion? Boohoo, you'll survive. If its an emergency, ask the taxi to pull over so you can text. No excuse!
        Duck
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        How would that prevent any accidents? If you're going 60mph and slowing as you drift out of your lane into oncoming traffic... yeah, still fail.
      reattadudes
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had texting disabled by my service provider after I received my first text about five years ago. I just don't understand the point of it. in your hand you hold one of the most amazing devices ever created. it allows you to TALK (that means moving your vocal cords, NOT your thumbs) to anyone else who has a similar device. its kind of like having a new Corvette in your driveway, and choosing to not drive it, but just rev the engine, and play the radio. when pagers were slowly discontinued back in the early 2000s, many came with keyboards. why not just go back to those, and save a bunch of money? and for those that may disagree, take the time to look around an office lunchroom, doctor's office, or a bus stop. texters are totally transfixed by these devices, and are totally oblivious to what is going on around them. kind of scary. husbands, wives, and kids could be sitting side by side, but there will be NO conversation; their little device is providing all their entertainment and conversation! and if you think I'm new to the world of mobile communication, I'm not. when I lived in Los Angeles in the 80s, I had one of the first mobile phones offered, when that meant a 30 pound, $4,000 "suitcase" bolted to the floor in the trunk, an antenna drilled thru the trunk lid, and a $1,000 per month bill to go along with it. if you're texting because a phone call would be interruptive, then most likely the text is as well.
        bonehead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @reattadudes
        there are studies that have shown that hte level of distraction from talking can be just as great as the distraction from texting. Talking may be safer but just barely. And i completely disagree with your statement that you should just call instead of texting and that you dont understand the point of it. That is is like saying that email is useless cause you could just pickup the phone and interupt the life of the other person just to tell them something mundane.
        avconsumer2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @reattadudes
        I don't think you're getting the point of texting. Would you drive that Corvette down the driveway (assuming you're not rural,
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      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      For starters, the laws need to change, and fast. Texting while driving should get at least the same punishment as DUI. Killing someone with your car while texting: felony homicide, 20-30 years in prison. Make the punishment harsh enough, and many, many lives will be saved.
        cq_
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        100% agree
        Duck
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        And death penalty for jay walking! We should also remove the right hand for shoplifting! You have to be harsh to make people respect the LAW!!! *rolleyes* Or you could just not throw a stupid 16 year old girl in jail for the rest of her life because she made a stupid irresponsible decision and texted her friend while behind the wheel, and instead simply alter the technology to prevent it in the first place. Place a block on keypad functionality of the phone when its traveling over 20mph. That way you can still bluetooth hands free or use it as a GPS navigation device, but can't look down to dial a number (which is basically texting) or text or type in a new navigation address and such crap.
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        dea5787
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        How is it so difficult for law enforcement to bust people in the act? Block all calling and texting capabilities while the phone is moving? So I can\'t walk my dog and be on my cell phone? Can\'t ride in a taxi and text? The solution you\'re providing won\'t work.
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