Hang up and drive

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Guest: Paul Atchley, Catherine McDonald, Russ Martin

Why can’t we just hang up and drive? Most motorists have probably been guilty of talking or texting while driving at some point—maybe in traffic jam or at a red light, but some people make a regular habit of it, even though the dangers are well known. Distracted driving is blamed for 3500 deaths and 390,000 injuries a year. So how can we get drivers to keep their eyes on the road and off their phones? Guests PAUL ATCHLEY, psychology professor at University of Southern Florida, CATHERINE MCDONALD, assistant professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, and RUSS MARTIN, director of government relations at the Governors Highway Safety Association talk about the allure of our phones, the latest research on distraction and if new aps, car tech or laws are making any dent in the problem.

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