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NCDOT Asks "Zombies" To Hang Up The Phone, Pay Attention To Road

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The North Carolina Department of Transportation wants to put the brakes on distracted driving by using the popularity of zombies.

April is national "Distracted Driving Awareness Month".

NCDOT says "zombies" are those who drive on North Carolina roads while talking on their cell phones.

They say last year 904 crashes occurred in North Carolina in which officers found an electronic device, such as a cell phone, contributed to the accidents.  NCDOT says those crashes included two fatalities and 276 injuries.

NCDOT points to a study by Carnegie Mellon University, which found using a cell phone while driving reduces the brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent.  With more than a third of the brain not focused on the road, NCDOT says it turns the driver into a zombie.

NCDOT is producing new public service announcements to encourage motorist to focus on the road and not their phones while behind the wheel.

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