LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It was a special night on "Today's THV at 6:30" Wednesday when we partnered with AT&T to show you a special documentary that could save a life. Watch the whole thing now by clicking on the video icon.
Last year we spent several months trying to increase awareness about the dangers of talking and texting while driving, through our project "The Great Hang Up."
Distracted driving is an epidemic. And it affects teens more than anyone else. Of the 5,500 people killed in 2009 due to distracted driving, the majority of the fatalities occurred among young people under the age of 20.
In a survey by Pew Research, 26-percent of American teens of driving age admit they have texted while driving, and half of all teens ages 12-to-17 say they've been a passenger while a driver has texted behind the wheel.
Talking on a cell phone or texting while driving has been the cause of so many accidents there is now a designated place on police reports officers check if a cell phone or distracted driving may have played a role.
That's why tonight, we are planning a very special event here on "Today's THV at 6:30" and we want to involve you and your entire family.
You can play in it's entirety AT&T's documentary "It Can Wait". It's ten minutes long and features stories from real people whose lives have been altered by texting while driving, including a family from right here in Arkansas.
We invite you to get your family together in front of the TV tonight at 6:30 and watch this documentary together and talk about it afterwards.
We will also have a discussion on our Today's THV Facebook page where you can tell us if you've had any close calls with people on the road who were texting, talking and driving, or tell us what you think of the documentary.
The National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) developed a NOYS Community Viewing Tool Kit (PDF) which complements the documentary. The tool kit features resources for school and community leaders, surveys for teens and adults, and template materials.
A student at Pulaski Academy, Gracie Stover stopped by and dropped off bracelets imprinted with the don't text and drive message.
The idea being you will see it when you reach for your phone and it will remind you to not use your phone while you're behind the wheel. Order the bracelets here.