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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sue Scheff: The Hang Up - Stop Texting and Driving


  • Driving and texting kills. Period the end. Today, April 30th, has been declared by the Queen of Talk, Oprah Winfrey, as National No Phone Zone Day. As many are following her lead, Florida has joined in by creating The Great Hang Up!

    Eighty percent of all crashes and 65 percent of near crashes involve some type of distraction. Take cell phones for example - their use while driving can reduce the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. Drivers who use phones are four times as likely to get into crashes. - Source: First Coast News

    Using a cell phone while driving can delay a person's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.
  • Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver, and more than half a million were injured.
    Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent.
    Eighty percent of all crashes and 65 percent of near crashes involve some type of distraction.

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