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It Can Wait: Documentary Discourages Texting And Driving

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(CBSDFW.COM) – A famous filmmaker has created a sobering documentary to remind people of the dangers of texting and driving.

Legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog highlights a number of tragic stories in his documentary “From One Second To The Next”.

The 35-minute documentary shows people whose lives have forever been changed by a texting and driving event.

Chandler Gerber of Bluffton, Ind. recalls an accident in which he rear-ended an Omish family’s horse and cart, killing three.

“As I started coming to a stop, I saw a body come down from off the top 0f the van. And I just thought, ‘Oh my gosh, what have I done? What have I done?'”

Gerber’s last text to his wife was “I love you” just before the accident.

“I wish so bad I could go back to that day and change my focus…Please don’t do it.”

The documentary also tells the story of Xzavier, a young boy who was extremely energetic and loved sports. After being hit by a driver in a school zone, Xzavier is paralyzed from the diaphragm down and is confined to a wheelchair.

“I can’t say go play,” says Xzavier’s mother Valetta, fighting tears. “Any mother understands, I can’t say go play.”

According to the documentary, over 100,00 accidents a year involve drivers who are texting.

AT&T and Verizon are among the companies who commissioned and paid for the documentary. The documentary is available online and will also be distributed this fall to 40,000 schools all over the U.S.

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