Great Hang Up: Safety advocates create video series

5:18 PM, Sep 7, 2011   |    comments
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Itasca, Illinois -- When it comes to distracted driving, it's probably no surprise that a group like the National Safety Council would try to make our roads safer.

This week, the group debuted a series of short videos called "Understanding Distracted Driving" to try and answer some of the most common questions about using cell phones while driving.

The videos feature the NSC's Senior Director of Transportation Initiatives David Teater.  As it turns out, preventing distracted driving is a personal mission for Teater.

Inn 2004, Teater lost his 12-year-old son John in a traffic accident.  A young woman ran a red light while she was talking on a cell phone and slammed into the car in which John was riding with his mother.  She survived, but John died a few hours later.

"Cell phone use and driving are a dangerous, and oftentimes deadly, combination," Teater said. "The resources NSC has developed explain why this behavior is so dangerous and provide solutions on how to go about changing behaviors to make our roadways safer."

There are a dozen vidoes in the "Understanding Distracted Driving" series.  Click here to watch them all.

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