HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Governor Malloy has declared today "Don't Text and Drive Day" in hopes that not just today but all days, folks will make the choice not to text and drive.
If you get behind the wheel, you should put down the phone. That's the law every day, but plenty of people break it.
"And you know what? They say it's teenagers you should worry about and I see more adults do it than anybody," said Johna Pompano.
"And does it worry you," asked News 8's Kent Pierce.
"Yeah, people are distracted enough between kids and music and cigarettes and make-up and everything else they're doing in the cars," said Kara Canney, "they don't need to be texting too."
"If somebody's texting, they're not paying 100 percent. They're only 80 percent," said Dwight Ottenbreit.
However, when News 8 tried to catch people texting and driving in New Haven, it looked like most people got the message that today is "Don't Text and Drive Day," as declared by dozens of towns and the state.
News 8 found plenty of people who said they used to text behind the wheel.
"I have. I have a few times, but my experiences haven't been well, and I don't go there," said Edwin Perez.
"And you learned from those," asked Pierce.
For anyone else who hasn't learned already, AT&T has made a documentary, directed by Werner Herzog.
"In the accident, part of his spinal cord was dissipated. His legs are gone," a voice said in the documentary.
In it, we meet victims of distracted driving accidents and their relatives, and we hear from drivers who were texted and hit and killed people.
"Like my head just snapped up when I...and I saw the windshield and glass broke and I heard screeching."
And now he and others are spreading the message of the documentary: "It can wait." Meaning no text is more important than human life.
"And how selfish of me that was to make the decision to text and drive."
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