Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fort Wayne Filmmaker Joins STANDD Against Texting While Driving

The dangers associated with text messaging while driving are front and center these days.

At one end of the current cinematic spectrum is Werner Herzog's short From One Second to the Next. At the other is The Last Text Message, screening tonight in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Among those appearing in the film by J. Eric Smith is a familiar face from the anti-texting while driving movement: Diveeta Thompson. She is also from the Fort Wayne area and founded her organization Stop Texting and Driving Distracted (STANDD) after losing her son Rodney (pictured, above) to one such fatal and completely needless car accident in the fall of 2008. At the time (5:58 p.m., October 17th), Rodney reached for his phone while driving to read-respond to a text message.

Thompson's free STANDD Smartphone App is remarkably simple, and yet, it can save lives:

Your life matters!! Don’t take the risk of sending a deadly message. We all know the dangers of texting and distracted driving. Take a STANDD and let this App help YOU Stop Texting AND Driving Distracted. The New STANDD App will send an auto response when you are driving to let your family and friends know you are committed to being safe for yourself and others.

The Last Text Message is one of a number of short films made by Smith's company, Editainment Entertainment Productions. Until people stop funneling into the estimated 1.6 million U.S. car accidents in 2012 that had something to do with a driver talking or texting on a cell phone, there can never be too many of these types of shorts.

[Editainment Film Productions]

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