Texting http://wesa.fm en AAA Study Finds Hands-Free Devices Still Dangerous for Drivers http://wesa.fm/post/aaa-study-finds-hands-free-devices-still-dangerous-drivers <p>A new study finds that hands-free devices in cars aren’t as safe as people think.</p><p>Research by AAA found that hands-free technology in cars gives drivers a false sense of security.</p><p>Bruce Hamilton, manager of research and communications with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, said an increase in mental workload slows reaction time, causing drivers to scan the road less and miss visual cues.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 11309 at http://wesa.fm State Lawmakers Offer Warnings About Distracted Driving http://wesa.fm/post/state-lawmakers-offer-warnings-about-distracted-driving <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Any number of activities can divert a driver’s attention — changing the radio station, reaching for a coffee cup or checking one’s makeup — but state Sen. Rob </span>Teplitz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Dauphin County) and state Rep. Brandon </span>Neuman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Washington County) held a news conference Tuesday to specifically discourage cell phone use while driving.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:15:03 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 7541 at http://wesa.fm AAA Finds One in Four Text While Driving http://wesa.fm/post/aaa-finds-one-four-text-while-driving <div class="field-item even"><p>A new <a href="https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/2012TrafficSafetyCultureIndex.pdf">survey </a>from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that 27 percent of motorists sent a text or email while driving in the past&nbsp;month.</p><p>It also found that two out of three motorists talked on their phone while driving in the last 30 days, and 89 percent believe others using cell phones are a danger to their&nbsp;safety.</p><p>The survey gauged the reactions of about 3,900 U.S. residents ages 16 and older to different safety&nbsp;situations.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:27:18 +0000 Tim Camerato 1519 at http://wesa.fm AAA Finds One in Four Text While Driving