Herzog PSA Shows Human Toll of Texting While Driving, Resulting Car Accidents
Filmmaker Werner Herzog is best known for narrative movies such as Aguirre: The Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo and documentaries including Grizzly Man and Into the Abyss. But he has made perhaps his most humane and penetrating work with an AT&T-sponsored public service announcement about texting while driving and the tolls the resulting auto accidents have on survivors.
Herzog’s PSA, From One Second to the Next, is part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving. The heart-wrenching documentary focuses on the impacts of four separate car accidents caused by texting while driving, two of which resulted in catastrophic injures and two of which led to multiple fatalities.
Unlike many of his previous documentaries, Herzog does not provide his distinctive voiceover narration in From One Second to the Next. Instead, he permits the stories to be told by survivors, families of those injured or killed in distracted driving accidents as well as those whose actions caused the accidents.
The film demonstrates the life-changing, human impacts of using your cell phone while driving. Texting while driving contributes to more than 100,000 motor vehicle accidents each year, resulting in hundreds of thousands of injuries and killing thousands. These accidents and the irreparable damage they cause are entirely preventable.