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The law allows all drivers – teenagers and adults alike – to use those devices while driving if you use hands-free technology. An effort to ban teens from using electronic devices at all while driving failed in the General Assembly this year.
AAA announced its results at the beginning of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Research has found:
*Drivers who text are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash. Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. At 55 mph, that’s enough time to drive the length of a football field.
*Drivers talking on a cellphone are up to four times more likely to be involved in a crash.
*Hands-free, voice-based technology is still distracting. Drivers can be mentally distracted for as long as 27 seconds after using voice-based technology to dial, change music or send a text message. At 25 mph, that’s long enough to drive the length of nearly three football fields.
“Distracted driving is anything that takes the driver’s attention off the road, potentially putting motorists and others in harm’s way,” said AAA spokeswoman Montrae Waiters. “If a driver is distracted by texting or changing a radio station, they may not notice law enforcement or the tow truck driver assisting a stranded motorist on the side of the road.
“Not focusing on the road puts your life and others at risk,” Waiters said.