NCDOT Asks “Zombies” to Hang Up the Phone, Pay Attention to the Road Thursday, April 04, 2013

RALEIGH – Zombies don’t just roam the streets on top-rated television shows. They drive on North Carolina roads every day – with cell phones in hand – putting other motorists at risk.

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to put the brakes on this zombie outbreak by highlighting the dangers of distracted driving during April, which is national Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Last year, 904 crashes occurred in North Carolina in which the investigating officers found an electronic device such as a cell phone contributed to the accidents. Those crashes included two fatalities and 276 injuries.

“These accidents are preventable,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “We strongly urge drivers to stop multi-tasking and pay attention to the road. The simple act of putting down the phone when you get into the car could save your life or the life of someone you love.”

A study by Carnegie Mellon University found that using a cell phone while driving reduces the brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. With more than one-third of the driver’s brain not focused on the road, it virtually turns them into a zombie.

NCDOT produced these public service announcements to encourage motorists to focus on their sole responsibility when behind the wheel – driving.

Throughout April, NCDOT will share important reminders about the risks of distracted driving via its Facebook page, Twitter accounts and Pinterest.


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