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Award-winning documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog has trained his lens on a serious new subject: texting while driving.

Herzog teamed up with AT&T to make "From One Second to the Next," a harrowing and haunting 30 minutes of interviews with victims and perpetrators of car accidents caused by distracted drivers.

The short film flowed out of commercials the director made for a campaign called "It Can Wait."

"What AT&T proposed immediately clicked and connected inside of me," he told the Associated Press. "There's a completely new culture out there. I'm not a participant of texting and driving -- or texting at all -- but I see there's something going on in civilization which is coming with great vehemence at us."

The documentary is shot simply and sparingly, with Herzog's camera facing the people involved in four accidents, including one where a boy was paralyzed after a woman ran a stop sign to text "I'm on my way."

Though texting while driving is illegal in many states, it's still a prevalent problem. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit to having extended text conversations while driving. So it's fitting that "From One Second to Another" will be shown in over 40,000 schools.

Watch the gripping documentary below:

[via Slate]
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