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Published on Apr 3, 2013
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.
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.
Through this video, NCDOT encourages motorists to focus on their sole responsibility when behind the wheel - driving.