Honest to God, when I get sick, I need to clear my calendar, because I am an overachiever in this department. A sick kid with a few specific benign ailments that required antibiotics, I have always had a totally shit immune system, which I attribute to all the penicillin. This is to say, I’ve been sick in bed for almost a week and I’ve watched everything there is to watch on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. And yes, I’m reading, too–I just finished Siracusa by Delia Ephron and want to go to Italy tomorrow.
But last night I found this short documentary by Werner Herzog called From One Second to the Next. Yes, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are listed as the production company, but this was a very powerful short about texting and driving. And it scared the bejesus out of me. I realized it was on Youtube, so it is above. All you have to do is click to watch it.
See, I had totally stopped all texting while driving, all checking of email and social media, because I could see how dangerous it was. But then, it sort of creeped back in, a little at a time. Like at a light or a stop sign, I would check. But even then, I’d wind up with cars beeping at me to go, because I hadn’t caught the light in time. It was gateway texting, because then I started to check, or answer while driving. There I said it. I wasn’t a major offender, but I allowed it to tiptoe back into my routine slowly, and I am so grateful to have seen this movie, because I am done, DONE with texting, or checking my phone while in the car. You know why? Because you can kill someone. It can change your fucking life in two seconds, and the lives of strangers with families and lives of their own. And there is nothing, really, almost zero that is so important it has to be communicated while in the car. As the movie says, “It can wait.” And of course it can, but we’ve forgotten that, because we have the technology, so we feel we can use it no matter where we are, and that we should. God forbid we miss a chance to heart an Instagram post, or tell our friend that you’re on your way.
Watch this movie. It isn’t long. Make your friends watch it. Make your kids watch it. It’s powerful, and it’s convincing. There’s no reason in the world to text while driving. If you have to, you can pull over. It’s that simple.