Hands-Free Texting, Calling Still Risky Behind Wheel, Study Says

ATLANTA (WAOK) – Hands-free does not mean risk-free driving, according to a new study out today. The Triple-A Foundation for Traffic Safety study found that voice-activated technologies that allow drivers to talk on the phone and text can create dangerous mental distractions. Researchers report that increasing mental workload and other distractions result in slower reaction times, and that drivers scan the road less and miss visual cues. The study says this could lead to drivers being unable to see things, such as stop signs and pedestrians, that are right in front of their vehicles.

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