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New CA Hands-Free Texting Law Concerns Safety Experts

A new law in effect January 1, 2013 allows California drivers to use hands-free texting technology to text while driving. The law allows drivers to both send and receive text-messages as long as the text-messaging device is fully voice-operated and hands-free.

Many transportation safety experts, including Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, oppose the law. Studies have shown that hands-free conversations are just as distracting to drivers as using a handheld phone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2009 16 percent of all traffic accident deaths involved distracted driving.

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