DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – AAA wants to send out a message, using voice command while driving may be just as distracting as talking on the phone. Hands-free technology has become common inside of newer model vehicles and cell phones. Angel Marks has used it from time to time.
“It really does distract you and you have to, that’s how so many accidents seem to happen . I’ve seen it happen too many times when people get into an accident and they’re on their phone. It happens,” said Marks.
That’s exactly why she no longer uses hands-free technology behind the wheel. Marks was involved in a CRASH because her friend was texting while driving.
“And when we woke up , I woke up to a jolt and my chin was bleeding. Both of the driver and passenger were passed out and we went to the hospital,” said Marks.
Cindy Antrican with AAA said its latest research found hands-free technology may increase mental distraction.
“So what they found is when people are focused on doing things like maybe composing an email, or text message, now this is just by voice hands free, their distraction level went up quite a bit and they didn’t see things right in front of them like pedestrians and stop sign,” said Antrican.
Antrican said researchers from the University of UTAH used a five category system to rank common voice-activated interactions; five being really dangerous
“Think about that when you a re trying to do that and you keeps repeating yourself and you keep coming back with the wrong answer. Our frustration level rises and so does our level of distraction,” said Antrican.