Dad Drives His Daughter’s Friends Home And What Happens Next Will Open Your Eyes
Here we see the driver who is a father and husband. The child in the photograph is not his boy and this story as a disturbing twist. We all know the scenario; dad is driving his daughter and friends to the local yogurt shop and the wife calls. Dad is thinking of the kids in the back of course so he parks to answer. Does everyone do that when they are alone in the car?
Mom is again seen looking frantic. Where could poor muffin be now? Mom explains she does not have time to look for the dog and he must do the searching. It is an emergency, yes, but it definitely was worth waiting to answer the phone. They do not want to add another emergency to the list.
While early PSA’s worked more on using fear and using footage of accidents to scare drivers this newer PSA is more psychological and makes people think more about their premeditated choices. This PSA was based on research that was made that people who would call themselves responsible actually let their guard down when they are alone in the car. As we can see in the PSA, no one is ever alone on the road.
“Close to Home” on the other hand is just as affective while not being so tricky. It is raw and gritty, but it is reality. Frederic Planchon, an acclaimed filmmaker, is the director of this PSA. The whole point of the video was to really force people to see the horrors that result from this negligence. It is brutal but it is meant to be.
All of the stories in Herzog’s film are especially gut wrenching and heartbreaking. There is one story where a man playing on his phone crashed into a carriage, killing three Amish children. In another interview they speak to a promising athlete who was left crippled when a speeding car rammed right into him. All the drivers who caused the accidents in this film had something in common; they all thought they could text while driving.