The Great Hang Up

Hi -- I'm 11Alive's Commuter Dude. We are continuously doing stories where people are getting in accidents and even losing their lives because of texting or talking on the phone while they are driving. My job is to help make our roads and your commute better and safer.

We're dedicated to informing the people of Metro Atlanta of the dangers of distracted driving and we are inviting you to join the movement to put down the phone while driving. It's the Great Hang Up!

Just click the button on the right and print out 11Alive's Great Hang Up Pledge. You can sign it and keep it in your car as a reminder.

We encourage teenagers, schools, moms, dads, and businesses all throughout Metro Atlanta to join the movement and be part of the Great Hang Up!

Did you know that the summer months are when most teen accidents occur? 56% of teens say they are on phone calls while driving and car accidents are the #1 cause of death among teens. Help us encourage teens and everyone to "X the TXT"!

Have you joined the Great Hang Up? How about your schools, clubs, businesses, churches or other organizations? If you have, let us know! You can share your stories here by filling out the response form in the column to the right!
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Click here to see one family's tragic story of texting while driving.
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The Great Hang Stories

Georgians need for speed - Advice - Slow down

9:56 AM, May 22, 2013

A recent survey shows drivers in the South have a need for speed and we were able to prove it's true.

Big 4 cellphone carriers unite on anti-texting ads

6:53 AM, May 14, 2013

The country's four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving.

Handheld cell phone ban proposed for drivers in Georgia

2:28 PM, Jan 27, 2013

Rep. Rahn Mayo of Decatur is trying again to ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving.

Boring but safe: Edmunds lists best cars for teens

1:53 PM, Jun 20, 2012 released its list of best new and used vehicles for young drivers, consisting primarily of mid-size sedans.

Villa Rica mayor vetoes cell phone measure

9:42 PM, May 8, 2012

Villa Rica Mayor J. Collins made good on his promise to veto an ordinance passed by the city council restricting behind-the-wheel cell phone use.

Texting and driving persists, survey says

12:16 PM, Apr 11, 2012

Young people have clung to their texting and driving habits, despite new laws, like one in Georgia making texting and driving illegal.

CIA puts cell phone jammers to the test

1:19 PM, Dec 27, 2011

There's a lot of attention being given to texting and driving, but along with it is a lack of determination to put the cell phone down.

Georgia P.R.I.D.E Classes For Teen Driving

12:42 PM, Dec 24, 2011

Ways To Save reporter Valerie Hoff found free driver training for your teens.

What's in, what's out of NTSB electronics-while-driving ban

8:31 PM, Dec 14, 2011

By now you've probably heard the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, is urging states to ban the use of electronics while driving except for emergencies.

NTSB recommends ban on driver cell phone use

3:47 PM, Dec 14, 2011

Federal regulators have declared texting,  emailing or using any cellphone simply too dangerous to be allowed for drivers anywhere.

Texting while driving going up despite law

7:54 AM, Dec 9, 2011

Georgia's one of 35 states that have tough new laws cracking down on texting and driving. Despite that, the numbers of people violating it have shot up 50 percent.

Drive First - Great Hang Up Campaign

10:13 PM, Sep 16, 2011

Sprint has released a new app for your smart phone that will disable the phone while you drive.

Friends blame texting for teen's deadly car crash

7:22 PM, Jun 1, 2011

McKee was driving along Bullsboro Road in Coweta County when she ran a red light and smashed into another car. Friends believe she was distracted by a text message.

Nashville Police use SUV's to Catch Texters

10:12 AM, Jan 21, 2011

Unmarked SUVs  cruise Nashville's trouble spots to look for and ticket drivers who just can't disconnect.

No Texting in 2011

6:58 AM, Jan 2, 2011

In early 2010, 11Alive launched The Great Hang Up. Thousands of you signed the Great Hang-Up Pledge. Since then, Georgia passed a no-texting while driving law. But if you drive Metro-Atlanta roads, you know: it's still happening. This week, there are new efforts to have drivers make a New Year's Resolution.

Distracted Driving Deaths Down 6%

11:43 AM, Sep 20, 2010

The Transportation Department said Monday that 5,474 people were killed in 2009 in crashes reported to have involved distracted driving, a 6 percent decline from the more than 5,800 people killed in 2008.

Free Classes to Help Save Teen Drivers

11:19 PM, Aug 25, 2010

How you and your new teenage driver can learn together, for free.

Panel Discussion Aimed at Distracted Driving

1:35 PM, Aug 23, 2010

Commuter Dude was invited to participate in a think tank discussion on the dangers of distracted driving. While there, he was introduced to the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Survey: Most Teens Still Drive While Distracted

10:05 AM, Aug 2, 2010

As Georgia law enforcement begins cracking down on distracted driving, a new survey shows nearly nine in 10 teen drivers have texted or talked on their cell phones from behind the wheel even though most of them know it's dangerous.