Danger Behind the Wheel: The Facts about Distracted Driving
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Running Time: 26 Minutes
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This powerful program emphasizes the dangers of driving distractions—applying makeup, eating, changing radio channels but most of all, talking or texting via cell phone while driving. Viewers hear from ordinary people whose lives have been forever changed because of distracted driving. A young driver who crashed his car while texting describes how it feels to know that he caused the deaths of two innocent people. A young woman describes the severe injuries she endured—in addition to her parents’ deaths—as a result of a distracted teen talking on his phone while driving. Jennifer Smith, co-founder of the advocacy group FocusDriven, shares her story. David Strayer, a leading researcher explains that driving simulations in his lab have shown that talking on a cell phone—even with a hands-free device—is as dangerous as driving drunk. The program’s unforgettable stories and statistics make it clear that no cell phone call is worth losing a life.
DVD: video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format. DVD contains Spanish subtitles.
Silver Telly Award
CINE Golden Eagle Award
Columbus International Film & Video Festival: Honorable Mention
Did you know that drivers on cell phones have the same risk of causing fatalities as drunk drivers? This sobering public service film offers illuminating new research on the subject of distracted driving, which increasingly endangers teens' lives. The film profiles people affected by distracted driving—putting on makeup, changing radio channels, eating, and especially texting or talking on a cell phone—giving the statistics a human face. We meet bereaved families, distracted driving accident victims, and those whose lives have been destroyed by causing fatal accidents. The film is concise but richly layered, considering psychological and legal viewpoints, as well as social criticism about digital device addiction and personal responsibility. The interviews are tastefully rendered. The film is carefully nuanced as it explores misconceptions about distracted driving. The clear, well-organized, and accessible education packet provides an ideal foundation for any length course. Most remarkable of all is the organization of the material, sensitively spacing out devastating stories to give viewers time to absorb each wrenching loss. Highly recommended for curriculums in health, psychology, philosophy, ethics, or guidance.
> - Jess deCourcy Hinds, Bard High School Early College Queens, Long Island City, NY
School Library Journal
Recommended Most teens consider themselves good drivers. They believe they are being cautious, yet most admit to eating, talking on the phone, texting, and applying makeup while driving. This video program confronts teens’ false perceptions that they can multitask and still be good drivers. The program is well organized and has a variety of worksheets, both for individuals and groups. A driver’s education teacher and any teacher who deals with healthy and safety could make good use of this material. It could also be used in driver re-education classes for those who have been required by law to take those classes.
- Patricia Brown, Library Media Specialist, Archbishop Alter High School, Kettering, Ohio
Library Media Connection