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Hands-free texting distracts, says new study

Friday, June 21, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

Voice-to-text messaging distracts drivers more than calling with a hand-held mobile phone, according to a new AAA study.
   At issue is the amount of mental distraction involved. The AAA study says texting someone verbally while driving is a “large” distraction compared with “moderate/significant” for a phone conversation or talking with a passenger.
   The AAA study comes just weeks after a Texas A&M University study, funded by the Department of Transportation, found that hands-free texting – such as with an iPhone Siri app – distracts drivers as much as tapping a message with a hand-held device. Driver reaction times slowed nearly twice what they’d be when not texting. Read the article from Insurance Journal.

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