Group warns of dangers of distracted driving

January 12, 2010 9:15:08 PM PST
A new national organization is helping raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.The group 'Focus Driven' is modeled after Mother's Against Drunk Driving.

The organization's president is headed by a woman who experienced first hand what can happen to distracted drivers.

Last year, Jennifer Smith's mother was killed by a driver who was on a cell phone. Smith says there is no safe way to use a phone while behind the wheel.

"It's not where your hands are, it's the conversation, it's where your head is, it's what's going on in your brain and the lack of being able to dual process in that matter, so no cell phone use while driving, period," said Jennifer Smith, President, Focus Driven.

Nineteen states including Illinois have banned texting while driving. No state has totally banned the use of cell phones while behind the wheel.