We've all read the studies and heard the public service announcements declaring that driving while talking on a cell phone is dangerous. But what about hands-free cell phone use, using an earpiece, speakerphone, or dashboard system? Driving with both hands on the steering wheel is safer than driving with one hand while the other holds a cell phone, right? Well, not entirely. Contrary to the belief of many drivers across the country that hands-free devices are safer to use while driving than handheld devices, the National Safety Council (NSC) disagrees.
A recent accident in Nebraska claimed the life of a 46-year-old man. The accident happened around 10 a.m. Authorities say that the 46-year-old man was driving a minivan and that he hit the back of a garbage truck. Prior to hitting the garbage truck he reportedly crossed over the center line and hit a semitrailer.
Earlier this month, we discussed the dangers of distracted driving. As readers may recall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nine people die on a daily basis as a result of distracted driving.
Thirty-nine states, including Nebraska, have passed legislation banning people from text messaging while driving. Despite potential criminal penalties, many people continue to text and drive.