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GREAT HANG UP: Texting driver caught on camera

9:02 AM, Jul 17, 2013   |    comments
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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.

KUSA in Colorado shared the video so people could get a vivid demonstration of why texting while driving is so dangerous.

The California Office of Traffic Safety says a car can drift the length of a football field in the four to five seconds it takes to look down and send a text .

The California Highway Patrol says this kind of distraction happens all too often. Officer Adrian Quintero says he's seen drivers so distracted they don't even notice the patrol cars with flashing lights trying to pull them over.

To post personal letters encouraging people to hang up and drive, visit the Stop the Texts Facebook page.

Thirty-nine states currently have anti texting and driving laws. The current period between Memorial Day and Labor Day remains the deadliest time on the road for younger drivers.

Triple AAA suggests talking to teens about who they ride with and modeling good behavior yourself can help.

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