Kudos to Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) for releasing a Press Release today regarding a study that came out last week which proves voice-activated in-car texting is more distracting and dangerous than talking on a cell phone.
A study done by the University of Utah confirmed previous results. Fraziers bill, Assembly Bill 313 would have banned the voice texting option while driving. Its aimed at reducing the risk of distracted driving and preventing unnecessary accidents.
The bill has stalled in committee since May 1 and I’ve been told its been “parked” for the remainder of the year after automobile manufacturers successfully “flipped” members of the committee votes who previously supported the bill. The goal in parking the bill is so it can come up again in January 2014 instead of 2015 which is procedural move.
Here is today’s Press Release:
Assemblymember Jim Frazier Issues Statement on New Research Revealing the Dangers of Voice-Activated In-Car Texting
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) gave the following statement regarding new research which proves that voice-activated in-car texting is more distracting and dangerous than talking on a cell phone:
This new in-depth study, performed for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety by researchers at the University of Utah, confirms what previous studies have shown — that voice-activated in-car texting is deadly. My bill, AB 313, would have banned this dangerous practice, but unfortunately the automobile manufacturers were successful in killing the bill by claiming that voice-activated texting is safe. I hope this study will change the misconceptions that some of my colleagues have so we can reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities by passing AB 313.
The study, “Measuring Cognitive Distraction in the Automobile,” can be found here.
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