The Great Hang Up Continues

According to a study released Tuesday by the National Safety Council, 28 percent of traffic accidents occur when people talk on cell phones or send text messages while driving. The majority of those crashes, 1.4 million annually, are caused by drivers talking on cell phones, while 200,000 are blamed on text messaging. In short: Cell phones and driving don’t mix. Yet, so many people fail to heed the warning.

Crumley Roberts Attorneys at Law has partnered with WFMY News 2 again in 2010 to help remedy the problem with The Great Hang Up. The campaign encourages all drivers to put down their phones when behind the wheel.

The campaign includes events, such as the recent Drive to Survive event held at the Greensboro Coliseum, to highlight the dangers of distracted driving, while teaching drivers important skills to navigate the roads more safely. They also highlight new technologies to help stop distracted driving, such as the ZoomSafer, which allows you to install software on your phone that disables the phone when traveling at speeds faster than 15 mph. While enabled, the device will send a voice/ text message, which informs the caller that you’re unavailable and offers the option to leave a message. ZoomSafer, and similar products, allow drivers to monitor themselves, and give parents or employers a means of preventing their teen drivers or employees from using a phone behind the wheel.

Another key aspect of The Great Hang Up is the Great Hang Up Pledge. Available at the campaign’s website (www.digtriad.com/news/hangup), the pledge lets drivers make a formal declaration that they’ll practice safe driving habits by refraining from cell phone use and other distractions while driving.

Through their work with accident victims, the lawyers at Crumley Roberts know all too well the consequences of distracted driving. So, along with WFMY News 2, they hope this campaign will prevent future accidents, and make our roads safer for everyone.

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