Car and truck crashes were already a huge problem before people could text messages as they sped down interstates and roads.
If you’ve seen AT&T’s “It Can Wait” ads on television, each was part of a new documentary from the well-known German director Werner Herzog. The movie shares the stories of innocent people whose lives are shattered by people who texted and drove.
One young student was crippled as he crossed the street in front of a school in Milwaukee. A man hit a horse and killed two Amish children in Indiana. A woman incurred huge medical bills and her life was destroyed. Families lost their fathers.
You can watch it here:
This is an alarming problem that must stop. Consider these sobering statistics from the NHTSA:
—3,331 people were killed in distracted driving accidents and over 330,000 people were injured in the U.S. in 2011.
—Driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated or being high on marijuana.
—Sending or looking at a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. This is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field while blindfolded at 55 mph.
—Texting while driving is the leading cause of deaths and injuries to teenage drivers;
—Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to crash than non-texting drivers.
—Deaths from distracted driving wrecks rose by 28 percent from 2005-2008.
Texas is one of the only states where it is still legal for most adults to text and drive (thanks to our governor’s veto of the law prohibiting this often fatal practice).
Please spread the word about the dangers of texting while driving. Tell your family and friends. If you are on Facebook, Twitter, or ther social media, please share the video.