Author: Francis Kelley/Fri, Aug 09, 2013/Categories: Long Island Accidents

accidents_distracted_drivers_filmmakersTexting while driving can ruin and even end lives. Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog’s new documentary, From One Second to the Next, shines a bright, investigative light on this all-too common and dangerous activity.

The film tells the story of several people whose lives were turned upside-down because of car accidents caused by drivers who were preoccupied with text messages — often a few short words such as “I’m on my way” and “I love you.” The consequences include an 8-year-old innocent boy who lost control of his body from the diaphragm down.

The documentary was created to accompany a series of short videos Herzog had produced for an AT&T-sponsored campaign against texting and driving, according to HuffingtonPost.com.

A Frightening Picture

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration paints a frightening picture of the dangers of texting while driving in this country. In 2011, an estimated 3,331 people were killed by distracted driving, and “at any given daylight moment across America, 660,000 drivers will use mobile devices while driving,” HuffingtonPost.com reported.

“In one second, entire lives are either wiped out or changed forever. That kind of emotional resonance is something that I knew I could cover,” Herzog told the Associated Press. “I’m not a participant of texting and driving — or texting at all — but I see there’s something going on in civilization which is coming with great vehemence at us.”

From One Second to the Next premiered yesterday in Los Angeles, according to HuffingtonPost.com.

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