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Hands-free concerns

Owen Canfield Modified: June 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm •  Published: June 13, 2013

A study released this week says hands-free technology for cars isn’t as safe as you might expect.

The report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said operating some devices, which do everything from turn on your favorite music to translate speech into text, required more concentration than talking on a phone or to a passenger. An automakers’ group said the study could mislead consumers, “since it suggests that hand-held and hands-free devices are equally risky.”

The risks associated with hand-held devices have been widely reported, which is why 41 states and the District of Columbia have banned text-messaging for all drivers.

Oklahoma bans texting only for new teenage drivers, and even then only for a brief period. Regular stories about the dangers associated with texting at the wheel keep us hoping Republican leaders at the Legislature will one day ditch their confounding opposition to banning the practice for all drivers.


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