WUFT News

Even with Hands Freed, Tech Devices Remain Dangerous for Drivers

By on June 12th, 2013

Hands-free technology is a dangerous distraction for drivers, according to AAA’s new study.

Michelle Harris, director of the AAA’s Traffic Safety Culture, said although originally created to assist drivers, the distraction brought by hands free features such as voice-to-text technology is increasing risks on the road.

“This study really emphasizes the fact that it’s not increasing your safety just because your hands are on the wheel and your eyes are on the road, because your mind is somewhere else,” she said.

The study ranked the actions of drivers from a scale of one to three, categorizing distractions from least risky to most dangerous.

Talking on a cellphone is considered a moderate risk, while voice-activated emails are among the activities in the high-risk category.

Harris said it’s important to stay focused and make getting from point A to point B your priority.


This entry was posted in National and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in National

Crowd reactions - In a landmark opinion, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a victory that until very recently would have seemed unthinkable.

Here’s What Local Folks Are Saying About Today’s Supreme Court Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision today that states must recognize same-sex unions citing 14th Amendment protections. Here are some reactions from Florida:


12 Missing After Flooding In Texas Sweeps Away Vacation Home

Severe weather continued to impact towns in Oklahoma and Texas over the holiday weekend. The tornadoes and floods have taken a toll on the surrounding communities, leaving residents to salvage their belongings left in the aftermath. The recent flood in Central Texas has left 12 missing along the Blanco River.


Death Toll From Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises To 104

Faulty ignition switches in small GM cars has caused at least 104 deaths. Kenneth Feinberg, GM’s attorney, is offering victims’ families compensation for their loses.


Brian Williams arrives on the red carpet of the White House Correspondents Dinner on May 9, 2009.

Poynter Ethicist Says Brian William’s Story Undermines Journalism Credibility

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams’ credibility is questioned after claiming he was in a helicopter hit by an RPG. Williams says that he was actually in the following aircraft that was not hit.


Christoper Stidham, 21, fills up his Nissan Hardbody Tuesday at the BP at 931 W. University Ave.

National Average Gas Prices Fall Below $3 Per Gallon

Gainesville gas has fallen under $3 per gallon, keeping with average gas prices across the U.S. This is the first time in four years that national gas prices have dipped below $3.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments