Monday, December 27, 2010

AT&T offers video "The Last Text" on the hazards of texting and cell phone use while driving

This morning ABC Good Morning America mentioned a new short film from AT&T: “Don’t Text While Driving” also called “The Last Text”.




The ten minute film presents several graphic histories, including a teen serving a sentence for hitting a bicyclist, and covers the concept of responsibility for those on the other end of cell phone calls made or texts sent by drivers.

Two years ago there was a similar 4 minute video from the UK. It was called “Texting While Driving” and is on my Movies Blog Aug. 25, 2009.

I have taken Oprah's "No phone zone" pledge.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website is called “Distraction”, here.

People are 23 more times likely to have an accident if texting while driving. But cell phone conversations are risky too, and some say that the hands free devices (like Jupiter Jack) don’t necessarily make it safer; it’s the brain distraction that matters. Of course, we could say that about eating, operating CD players or even radios while driving. The other side of the coin is that a little distraction keeps someone awake on an interstate. Once in 1997, someone on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, as I hauled out to Minneapolis to start a new life and had finished lunch, yelled “Stay Awake”. It startled me. And the Allegheny Mountain Tunnel was approaching. (Hobbyists and cyclists: look for this link on “abandoned PA turnpike tunnels”; I will come back to this later.)

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