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5:19 PM, Jul 2, 2010   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The Great Hang Up, it's our campaign against distracted driving to get people to put down their cell phones when driving.

A study by the University of Utah found drivers on a cell phone, hands-free or not, are as impaired as drunken drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over a five year period, drunk driving deaths dropped by 18 percent while distracted driving deaths climbed by 18 percent.

"It took many years I think for drinking and driving to become unacceptable for many years as a society, we just looked the other way at drinking drivers and essentially forgave them for what they did," says Arthur Goodwin of the University of North Carolina Highway Research Center.

In 2008, 11,773 people died in alcohol-related crashes while 5,870 people lost their lives in distracted driving crashes.

WFMY News 2

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