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Tragic Utah accident profiled in new anti-texting YouTube video

Famed director Werner Herzog makes a short documentary about the potentially lethal dangers of distracted driving.



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"I love Megan, and I’m extremely grateful for that forgiveness," Shaw said. "She helped me in ways that no one else can."

In the meantime, Shaw said the experience of making the film has helped him as well, and he plans to continue talking to groups about the dangers of texting and driving.

At a glance

Utah’s law against texting and driving

In 2009, Utah enacted a law making it illegal to text and drive for a driver of any age. It is a class C misdemeanor and has resulted in one of the toughest penalties of any anti-texting law in the country.

A person guilty of killing someone while texting and driving is penalized as harshly as a drunken driver. Exceptions to the law are if the driver texts during a medical emergency, reporting a road hazard or criminal activity, or when providing roadside or medical assistance.

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"That was one of the most difficult things that I have done," he said about being interviewed by Herzog for the film. "But I’m grateful for the experience. He [Herzog] challenged me and he questioned me in ways I’ve never been questioned. It opened my eyes to things and remotivated me to continue [to speak out]. It’s something I’m very passionate about, and I don’t want anybody to make that same mistake."

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