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Even Hands-Free Devices Considered Driving Hazard

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AAA research shows tasks like listening to the radio pose the lowest risk to drivers.  Talking on a cell phone -- both handheld and hands-free -- create moderate risk. And listening and responding to in-vehicle, voice-activated email features is the most dangerous distraction to drivers.

"I would say keep that call as short as you can, and try to avoid them if you can, and either answer on the Bluetooth and pull over and talk to the person, so that you can give the full attention to the call," says Sgt.. Greg Amundsen with the Missoula Police Dept.

AAA is urging the automotive industry to limit voice-activated technology to basic functions like windshield wipers or cruise control.  They also suggest disabling voice-to-text functions like social media or email when a vehicle is in motion.

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