Driving distracted can be deadly. We're launching a project aimed to help make our roads and your commute better and safer. We're dedicated to informing the people of Central Georgia of the dangers of distracted driving and we are inviting you to join the movement to put down the phone while driving. It's the Great Hang Up!
Distracted Drivers in Macon
13WMAZ spent time at some busy intersections in Macon to look at Central Georgia's distracted driving habits first-hand. Check out what we found.
13WMAZ talks to law enforcement officials about how -- and whether -- they can fight distracted driving.
Teens and Safe Driving
13WMAZ goes to a safe driving demonstration and watches teens negotiate a test course while using phones.
Other Driving Distractions
13WMAZ takes a look at other driving distractions: We also eat, play with the radio, MP3 player, Game Boy, and DVD player, fuss with the kids, and even do our nails.
Last fall, Governor Nathan Deal created a teen driving commission to advise state legislators and agencies on ways to keep people's eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
A group of teens from around the state wants to build up education programs for young drivers.
Less than three years after banning texting while driving, some Georgia lawmakers want to take all hand-held phones off the roads.
A Decatur state representative is trying again this year to ban drivers from using hand-held phones.
State records show that fewer than 50 drivers a month have been convicted of texting and driving in the two years since a law to ban texting went into effect.
Billboards, online pledges, and videos all try to teach about distracted driving, yet each year over 10,000 drivers in the U.S. are injured or die due to distracted driving, according to the National Safety Council.
The deadline for teen drivers to apply to serve on the commission is Sept. 20.
Some people say if they use their cell phone while driving, they prop their knee on their steering wheel and use their leg to keep the car steady.
Local law enforcement officers say they're worried about more than just cell phones distracting drivers.
According to a AAA study, a driver will glance down at their cell phone for an average of five seconds at a time.
Some people say cell phones and six-speeds just don't mix.
In a nationwide study, less than 50 percent of teen drivers said they have never sent a message on the road.
The survey, conducted for State Farm by Harris Interactive, finds that just 43% of drivers ages 16 and 17 say they've never texted while driving -- the same percentage as in the insurer's first survey in 2010.
The federally proposed recommendations encourage car makers to ensure devices in vehicles are less likely to distract the driver.
A recent law that took affect changed the way many truckers operate behind the wheel.
Carmakers should design potentially distracting dashboard technology so it's automatically disabled while the vehicle is in motion, federal safety officials said Thursday.
There's no such thing as safe distracted driving said Lt. Wilton Collins with the Macon Police Department.
About half of American drivers between 21 and 24 say they've
thumbed messages or emailed from the driver's seat.
AARP driving instructor John Abbott says texting and talking on the phone while driving is a major temptation for many people.
The "Arrive Alive Tour" is giving folks a chance to see the impact of distracted driving without feeling the deadly effects.
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