Centre for Road Safety

Original Derek Anderson video

[Derek, a bald-headed male with a long, red beard wearing a jumper that has a hamburgers and hotdog design on it, is in a studio that resembles a city road environment. Derek is standing on the side of the road speaking to the camera].

Derek: Girl there’s something I gotta say. I see you drivin’ past thinkin’ you’re all that.

[A white convertible car is wheeled into the studio by extras dressed in white lycra bodysuits. Derek leans on the passenger door of the car to speak to the woman driving. The car is wheeled out by the extras].

But I see what you’re doing down there, and I got news for you. So listen up, here’s how it goes.

[Derek starts singing as he sits in his old orange Datsun car].

Derek: I’ve been sitting in my car for at least an hour. I’m stuck in traffic so I whip it out.

[Derek is looking down as he uses his mobile phone on his lap].

Derek: I need to have a little peak every now and again.

I can’t keep it in my pants for more than 10 minutes.

[The woman drives up beside Derek in her white convertible car].

Derek: I can’t miss any of the action. This bundle of joy give me satisfaction.

[The woman gives Derek a look of disgust as he uses his mobile phone on his lap and she drives off].

Derek: Woah, what you think I’m talking about.
It’s a Smartphone dude I can’t live without it.
They say that men can’t multitask and I know that much is true.

[Derek steps out of his car. A group of extras dressed in white lycra bodysuits rotate the car on a platform in the studio and then proceed to rip off Derek’s clothes, leaving Derek standing in pink shorts and brown boots].

Derek: You know it girl.

Derek: Oh sexy ladies who text behind the wheel you know you caress it too (oh girl you’re crazy)

[Derek crawls on to the bonnet of his orange Datsun and begins to perform as the extras in white lycra dance around him.]

Derek:
Get your hand off it.
But I’m at red light.
Get your hand off it.
Gotta get this text right.
Get your hand off it.
But I’m gonna be late.
Get your hand off it.
It’s our very first date.
Get your hand off it.
But I’m on a deadline.
Get your hand off it.
But I’m checking my timeline.
Get your hand off it.
But I never look down.
Get your hand off it.
But there’s no one around.

[Derek is back in his car in the studio and using his phone while driving. The car is rocked around by the extras in lycra to create the effect of a bumpy road].

Derek:
I’ve been doing it for years, I’m a natural.
Well I never had a crash yeah it’s factual.
Maybe you can’t text but I sure as hell can and I’m still alive.
I’m on a twelve hour shift gotta stay alert.
A cheeky little well it never hurt.
A brother gotta get from A to B.
And I keep it out of sight so the cops can’t see.

[Police siren sounds.]

I need you baby to understand exactly what I’m trying to say (feeling it girl).
I know it’s hard to resist it girl but it’s time to put it away.

[Brakes screech and Derek crashes his car into a fake brick wall. The car is destroyed by the extras to symbolise the devastating effects of the crash, if the crash was to occur on a real road].

Derek:
Get your hand off it.
Get your hand off it.
Get your hand off it.
Get your hand off it.
Oooh.
Get your hand off it.
Get your hand off it.
Get your hand off it.
Get your hand off it.
Oooh.

[Derek is suspended in the air on ropes in front of a large screen showing fire and clouds].

Derek: Get your hand off it.
But I’m at red light.
Get your hand off it.
Gotta get this text right.
Get your hand off it.
But I’m gonna be late.
Get your hand off it.
It’s our very first date.
Get your hand off it.
But I’m on a deadline.
Get your hand off it.
But I’m checking my timeline.
Get your hand off it.
But I never look down.
Get your hand off it.
But there’s no one around.

[Derek is released from being suspended in the air, falls through the car roof and lands back in the front seat of his car.]

[Authorised by the NSW Government Sydney]

[On screen graphic: Mad love. Derek Anderson]

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[On screen graphic: Get Your Hand Off It. Derek Anderson]

[In a studio which resembles a city road environment, Derek, a bald-headed male with a long, red-haired beard; wearing a jumper with a hamburgers and hotdog design, is standing on the side of the road singing to the camera. He opens the door to his old, orange Datsun and sits in the front seat.]

Derek: I’ve been sitting in my car for at least an hour.
I’m stuck in traffic so whip it out.

[Derek is looking down as he uses his mobile phone on his lap].

Derek: I need to have a little peak every now and again.
I can’t keep it in my pants for more than ten

[A woman in a white convertible drives up beside Derek].

Derek: I can’t miss any of the action.
This bundle of joy give me satisfaction.

[The woman gives Derek a look of disgust as he uses his mobile phone on his lap and she drives off].

Woah, what you think I’m talking about.
It’s a Smartphone dude I can’t live without it.

[Derek is driving in his car using his mobile phone while driving. Extras dressed in white lycra bodysuits rock the car to create the effect of a bumpy road].

Derek: A twelve hour shift gotta stay alert.
A cheeky little text well it never hurt.
A brother gotta get from A to B.
And I keep it out of sight so the cops can’t see.

[The brakes screech and Derek crashes his car into a fake brick wall. The car is destroyed by the extras to symbolise the devastating effects of the crash if it was to occur on a real road].

[Derek is suspended in the air on ropes in front of a large screen showing hands texting].

Derek:
Get your hand off it.
Gotta get this text right.
Get your hand off it.
But I’m gonna be late.
Get your hand off it.
It’s our very first date.
Get your hand off it.
But I’m on a deadline.
Get your hand off it.
But I’m checking my timeline.
Get your hand off it.
But I never look down.
Get your hand off it.
But there’s no one around.

[Derek is released from being suspended in the air, falls through the car roof and lands back in the front seat of his car.]

[End credits: Get Your Hand Off It. There is no excuse. NSW Government, Transport for NSW]

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Rock version

[Derek, a young; red-haired male, is backing out of a garage in his orange Datsun when he receives a text message. As he’s checking the message he rear-ends into a motorcycle. The owner of the motorcycle takes off their helmet revealing that it is a young female].

[Graphic on screen: Derek and The Wrong Numbers].

[Electric guitars sound and Derek and his glam metal rock band begin to perform on stage in a dark, smoky room].

Derek:
I was backing out the driveway.
Didn't see no one around.
Whipped it out for just a second
When I heard that beeping sound.

WOAH! Never gonna put it away!
WOAH! Gonna Instagram this latte!
Get your hand off it. WHOAH!
Get your hand off it. NO!
Get your hand off it. WHOAH!
Leave the phone alone
Keep out of the danger zone.

[Derek is driving in his car with two band members]

Derek:
Maybe I should surrender.
Maybe I should just concede.

[Derek pulls the car up at a petrol station. The female motorcyclist is putting petrol in her motorbike]

Derek:
But what about the random updates
Right here on my Twitter feed?

[Derek is at the counter of the petrol station singing to the female motorcyclist]

Derek:
And what if it's important? Or my Mum just wants to chat?

[The female motorcyclist walks through a door with Derek following. She shuts the door on him]

Derek: What if it's a Snapchat mpeg of my neighbour's kitty-cat?

[Derek stands at the microphone with the band. Then they stand at the at the counter of the petrol station.]

Derek: WOAH! I know now how it's got to be! WOAH! In the future I will use hands free!

Get your hand off it. WHOAH!
Get my hand off it. YEAH!
Get your hand off it. WHOAH!
I’ll leave my phone alone and out of the danger zone!

[The performance concludes with confetti falling over the band. The four band members sit relaxed backstage and are interviewed about the song.]

[Graphic on screen: Backstage with Derek and the Wrong Numbers]

Interviewer: So guys, tell us what does ‘Get Your Hand Off It’ really mean?

Derek: Well it’s actually a really great message...

Band Member 1: If you don’t mind, I’ll take it from here. It’s very simple really. It’s about a mystical awe known as the thunder-sutra. See according to Mayan Myth…

Derek: Look, ‘Get Your Hand Off It’ is a really important safety message. It’s about not texting or using your phone while you drive...

Band Member 2: There’s no such thing as a thunder-sutra.

Derek:  With the busyness of our lives and all the technology at your hands these days it’s really important to remember to Get Your Hand Off It and stay safe on our roads.

Band Member 1: Well what do you call this?

[Band member 1 holds up a small black rock].

Band Member 2: It’s a rock from the parking lot.

[Awkward silence among band members.]

[Graphic on screen: Backstage with Derek and the Wrong Numbers]

[End credits: Get Your Hand Off It. There is no excuse. NSW Government, Transport for NSW]

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Hip hop version

[Derek, a young red haired male, walks into a motor registry holding his pink ‘PHRESH’ number plates and wearing a sideways cap, oversized pants, a red singlet and heavy gold chains around his neck. Derek takes a service ticket and sits down in the motor registry. Derek looks across to the woman sitting next to him].

Woman: “What is your problem?”

[Woman looks at Derek].

Derek: “Nothing babe.”

Woman: “Whatever.”

[Woman looks away and continues to file her nails].

[Music starts. Derek puts his sunglasses on].

[On screen graphic: MC Derek].

[Lights begin to flash. Derek walks along the counter at the motor registry. Derek starts rapping].

Derek:
I be drivin’ round town with my wallet stacked.
Got this new phone with my mobile contract.

[Derek drives along slowly in a convertible and drives on to a basketball court. There are people playing basketball around him].

Derek: I be rollin one-handed checkin’ out my apps.
Got no idea where I'm going – lookin’ at my Google maps.

[Derek sings while sitting next to the woman at the motor registry. He continues to sing in front of his car and while holding up a latte]

Derek: So what if I hit a parked car – son it was an accident (WHAT?!)
I'm just tryin to get some likes from my Facebook Friends (WHAT?!)
It's not like I do it every night or every day.
Now excuse me for a second while I Instagram this latte.

[The woman from the motor registry sings to Derek. Derek is shown in the motor registry with customers and staff dancing around him mocking him. Derek is also shown at the basketball court and the players are throwing oranges at him for using a mobile phone while driving.]

Woman in motor registry:
Get your hand off it
Get your hand off it
Yeah, yeah
Get your hand off it
Get your hand off it
Yeah, yeah

[Woman in motor registry sings to Derek as the other customers and staff continue to dance around Derek, condemning him for his use of a mobile phone while driving.]

[The woman in motor registry begins rapping. The rapping continues on the netball court and in a studio. The rap concludes in the motor registry with Derek, the woman and motor registry staff all singing together.]

Woman in motor registry: I see you rollin round town in the wrong direction.
Takin’ a selfie with a filter hiding your complexion.
You be all scrollin through that Tinder looking for affection.
The way you drive it ain’t no wonder you just get rejection.
This is the section for your reflection
To make the connection to your personal protection.
Cos I be rockin bluetooth even when I park it.
I got this white gold hands free set at Paddy's Market.
I drive real safe when I get behind the wheel.
I save heaps of money on my car insurance bill.
I keep my hands off it baby that's my, that's my jam.
So I know how this next bit goes without using Shazam!

Woman in motor registry:
Get your hand off it
Get your hand off it
Yeah, yeah
Get your hand off it
Get your hand off it
Yeah, yeah

[End credits: Get Your Hand Off It. There is no excuse. NSW Government, Transport for NSW].

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Country version, Get your hand off it

[In a country town Derek, a young, red-haired male, slowly wanders down a dirt road wearing blue jeans, a green flannelette shirt, a cowboy hat. He has a tucker bag over his shoulder.]

Derek: I’ve been walking down the road for several days now. Thinking ‘bout my love that's gone away.

[Derek leans against a wooden fence, smiles, nods, and dreamily gazes towards a grassy knoll where his old, orange Datsun is parked.]

Derek: They say let go but I don't seem to know how.

[Derek drives his car along a dirt road, holding and looking down at his mobile phone.]

Derek: Cos I just need to Instagram this latte.

[Derek points his mobile phone camera toward a latte coffee in a cup and saucer on the front passenger seat of his car as if to take a photo of it.]

[A woman plays guitar on the side of a country road and begins to sing.]

Woman playing guitar: Get your hand off it, Get your hand off it, Get your hand off it, eyes back on the road.

[The car brakes screech, and there is the sound of a car crash as a car wheel flies behind the woman.]

[Derek drives unsteadily on a ride-on lawn mower, holding his mobile phone in his hand.]

Derek: It's hard to understand what the big deal is. Everybody's done it more than once.

[Derek cries in the arms of a tow truck driver, who is towing his Datsun out of some shrubs.]

Derek: And it's just so easy to express my feelings. When I'm texting smiley face emoticons.

[Derek drives unsteadily on a bicycle, holding and using his mobile phone, while in the background and older man in overalls uses a fire extinguisher on the ride-on mower which is upside down and has smoke pouring off it.]

[The woman plays guitar in front of a dam and sings]

Woman playing guitar: Get your hand off it, Get your hand off it, Get your hand off that fancy mobile phone.

[The woman swiftly steps to the right as Derek uncontrollably rides his bicycle right past her, through a wooden fence and into the dam.]

[The woman stops playing guitar and the music stops. In the background, Derek stands up in the dam, disorientated and frazzled.]

[Derek walks up a hill holding his bicycle over his shoulder. A frustrated Derek slams the bicycle onto the grass and kicks it.]

[Music starts again. Derek then notices his old orange Datsun in the distance. A ray of light shines on the car. The woman playing guitar slowly walks toward Derek.]

Woman playing guitar: I know deep down you realise you done wrong.

[Derek stands despairingly as the woman playing guitar sings to him.]

Derek: Cos his heart can only tell a man the truth.

[With his hand on his heart, Derek sings back to the woman playing guitar.]

Derek and the woman playing guitar: But maybe I/you can have a second chance in this song. 

All I/you need to do is activate my/your bluetooth.

[Smiling and gazing at each other, Derek and the woman playing guitar sing. The orange Datsun is in the background.]

Woman playing guitar: Get your hand off it, Get your hand off it, Get your hand off it, eyes back on the road.

[Derek eagerly runs towards his orange Datsun.]

Derek, the woman playing guitar and the tow-truck driver: Get your hand off it, Get your hand off it, Get your hand off that fancy mobile phone

[Music winds down, Derek lies on the bonnet and kisses his old orange Datsun.]

[Graphic on screen: Get Your Hand Off It. There’s no Excuse.]

[Day turns to night. Derek and the woman playing guitar sit in the orange Datsun. Derek attempts to start the ignition but it doesn’t start. The woman looks unimpressed. Derek shakes the steering wheel then places his head down on the steering wheel and the car horn sounds.]

[End credits: Get Your Hand Off It. There is no excuse. NSW Government, Transport for NSW]

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