Great Hang Up

News10's Great Hang Up is a station commitment to remind everyone the dangers of distracted driving. Texting or talking on the phone without a hands free device is against the law and can lead to unnecessary and sometimes deadly crashes. April is national distracted driving month and News10, along with the Nor Cal Honda and the California Highway Patrol, urge you to take part and help us make our streets safer by taking the pledge not to text and drive.

Great Hang Up Stories

Black box data tracks distracted drivers

11:14 AM, Jan 7, 2014

A New England Journal of Medicine study used black box in-car data to track driving habits for over a year of more than 150 drivers.

Great Hang Up: Poetry Slam

1:29 PM, Dec 20, 2013

WEST SACRAMENTO - River City High School students perform a poetry jam on the topic of drunk and drugged driving.

Local schools kick off week promoting safer choices for children

5:52 AM, Oct 23, 2013

SACRAMENTO - This week marks two big efforts to encourage safe choices for kids of all ages with Red Ribbon Week and National Teen Driver safety week being recognized in the Sacramento area.

Study reveals alarming rate of distracted driving near Calif. schools

11:18 AM, Oct 17, 2013

Despite countless public service announcements and ongoing proof of the dangers of driving distracted, Californians continue to drive without their sole focus on the road.

Great Hang Up: America's Top "Role" Model

9:12 AM, Sep 18, 2013

ANAHEIM - Teen dress up to walk the catwalk wearing the qualities of a leader in a fun workshop called "America's Top Role Model."

Great Hang Up: Youth Traffic Safety Summit draws record turn-out

11:55 AM, Sep 17, 2013

ANAHEIM -  A record number of teens turned out in Anaheim over the weekend to spread the message and support safe driving.

No hands-free texting for teen drivers under bill

9:10 PM, Sep 3, 2013

SACRAMENTO - Teenage drivers in California would be banned from texting while driving even if they use hands-free methods under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Drivers 'generally don't dispute' texting, trooper says

6:07 PM, Aug 13, 2013

New York has increased undercover patrols to catch drivers texting while driving.

GREAT HANG UP: Demi Lovato says no to texting and driving

5:39 AM, Jul 25, 2013

Great Hang Up: Singer Demi Lovato is encouraging peers to hang up and drive in a new public service announcement.

GREAT HANG UP: Texting driver caught on camera

9:02 AM, Jul 17, 2013

GREAT HANG UP: A young driver was so distracted texting while driving he didn't even notice a person recording him doing it for more than 30 seconds.

MMA champ stepping up to knock out distracted driving

10:42 AM, Jul 10, 2013

A five-time MMA champ says texting while driving is more dangerous than stepping into the octagon.

GREAT HANG UP: Teens design a SMARTWheel for safe driving

7:39 AM, Jul 3, 2013

Six teens design a SmartWheel for safe driving that catches the eye of investors on ABC's Shark Tank

Ranking driving distractions by category

10:27 AM, Jun 26, 2013

Hands-free texting and phone use is legal but a new study suggests it may still put you at considerable risk on the road.

Great Hang Up: Should pets be restrained in vehicles?

9:02 AM, Jun 13, 2013

There is no California law requiring pets to be restrained in California inside the car but the CHP, AAA and some pet advocates say it's much safer for drivers and the animals.

AAA: Hands-free texting and calling are not risk-free

6:17 AM, Jun 12, 2013

The increasingly popular voice-activated, in-car technologies that allow drivers to text, talk on the phone or even use Facebook while driving still allow for dangerous mental distraction, according to a study.

View from big rig highlights distracted driving epidemic

8:22 AM, Jun 5, 2013

Big rig drivers say distracted driving is a danger for everyone sharing the road and it takes them longer to stop and avoid problems.

Great Hang Up: Thumbs Up campaign encourages safe driving

11:27 AM, May 29, 2013

Your thumb is needed for an effort to encourage safe driving for teens as part of the  "bethumbody" campaign.

Drive On: 40th state bans texting in cars

10:09 AM, May 25, 2013

Add Hawaii to the list of states that have banned texting while driving.

Great Hang Up: Oakdale mother deals with losses from distracted driving

12:34 PM, May 22, 2013

An Oakdale mother who lost her daughter in a texting accident was on her way to a talk about distracted driving recently when she was hit by a person suspected of driving distracted.

Study: Teens who text and drive take even more risks

4:24 AM, May 13, 2013

More than 4 in 10 teens admit to texting while driving, and those that do are more likely to engage in other risks while driving.

Local program instills safe driving habits at early age

10:00 AM, May 8, 2013

A program aimed at instilling a message of safety in young drivers before they get behind the wheel is gaining momentum in the Sacramento area.

Cyclists gear up for 'Bike Month'

7:44 AM, Apr 30, 2013

SACRAMENTO: May is officially"Bike  Month" in the Sacramento region and several events are planned to help cyclists gear up.

Survey: Nearly a quarter of teens drive while impaired

9:21 PM, Apr 24, 2013

Are teen drivers operating under the delusion that they are indestructible?

Bigger concern? Driverless cars or distracted drivers?

11:31 AM, Apr 24, 2013

Which do you find more alarming? Driverless cars or distracted drivers?

Feds limit driver distractions in cars

5:51 AM, Apr 24, 2013

Federal regulators issued guidelines Tuesday aimed at making it tougher for drivers to become distracted by the navigation or infotainment systems in new cars.

Bill would ban teen drivers from hands-free texting

3:03 PM, Apr 22, 2013

SACRAMENTO - Drivers under age 18 would be banned from texting while driving even if they use hands-free devices under a cleanup bill approved by the state Senate.

GREAT HANG UP: Lip-syncing for a great cause

1:39 PM, Apr 22, 2013

SACRAMENTO - Twenty local middle schools faced off at a microphone for the 16th Annual Club Live Lip Sync Contest benefitting safe and fun teen programs.

GREAT HANG UP: Anti-texting apps while driving

1:07 PM, Apr 22, 2013

GREAT HANG UP: Dozens of apps are available to silence or stop texting and hand-held phone use while driving.

GREAT HANG UP: Moment of Impact

6:26 AM, Apr 11, 2013

SACRAMENTO - The Moment of Impact program shows the violent aftermath of a crash due to someone's bad decision behind the wheel.

GREAT HANG UP: Elk Grove distracted driving challenge

8:10 AM, Apr 3, 2013

ELK GROVE - More than 70 teen drivers tackled a distracted driving course in Elk Grove last and News10's Melissa Crowley gave it a go as well.

GREAT HANG UP: April is 'Distracted Driving Month'

8:51 AM, Apr 1, 2013

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and extra law enforcement patrols will be looking for drivers without their full attention on the road.

The 10 most dangerous foods to eat while driving

7:37 AM, Mar 29, 2013

While much of the focus on distracted driving deals with talking or texting, there is another activity almost everyone has engaged is that can be equally deadly. reveals the 10 most dangerous foods and beverages to consume behind the wheel.

Teens or adults? Who's guiltier of texting while driving?

4:46 AM, Mar 28, 2013

Teens or adults? Who's guiltier of texting while driving?

What is 'inattentional blindness'?

10:37 AM, Mar 27, 2013

The California Office of Traffic Safety says study findings demonstrate the need for drivers to refrain from talking on the phone while driving, with or without a hands-free device.

GREAT HANG UP: Elk Grove teens challenged to test distracted driving skills

10:52 AM, Mar 20, 2013

ELK GROVE - The Elk Grove Police Department is giving teens the chance test their abilities to drive while distracted starting March 25th.

Rash of fatal teen wrecks puts focus on parents

5:39 AM, Mar 15, 2013

Twenty teenagers dead in five automobile crashes in five states. All within one week.

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