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Film Created in Light of Tragic Distracted Driving Accident

Jun 02, 2015 06:17PM ● By Kevin
On May 29, 2014, a 7-month old baby lost his life, because of distracted driving. The accident made headlines throughout Arlington and spread into the Metroplex. A father, standing at a crosswalk, not even crossing the street, was struck by a truck that had been hit by another car while racing through a yellow light. He had been pushing his son in a stroller. That stroller was flung into the middle of the street.

"This sounds like an episode of CSI or a bad horror movie, but this is the real life tragedy for the Bingenheimers," said Tyler Case, who recently released a distracted driving PSA in light of the tragedy.

Daniel Bingenheimer was just out for a morning walk with his son David, when the worst thing a parent can imagine happened in real time.

"One moment he's a happy father enjoying new parenthood life, and the next he is picking his son up off the pavement," Case said. "All because someone was not paying attention while behind the wheel of a 2,000-pound steel missile. "

OPEN YOUR EYES is the story of Daniel and David. Due to the pending investigation, some minor details were changed for the PSA, which is geared at putting an end to Distracted Driving.

"By distracted we mean anything that can take your eyes off of the road for even one second," Case said. 

Changing the radio, drinking coffee, yelling at the kids in the backseat, car dancing, and the obvious texting, Facebooking, emailing and talking on the phone are all examples. 

"We hope this film can make a difference not only in our community but communities around the world and show drivers the dangerous and costly actions that come with Distracted Driving," Case said. 

The hope is to also have the PSA played in classrooms in schools around the country.

"The more people that see this, the bigger difference we can hopefully make," Case said.

Open Your Eyes: PSA

Open Your Eyes: Extended Cut

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