FAIRFIELD — Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, has introduced a bill to outlaw voice-activated, hands-free texting.
State law currently allows drivers to send and receive text messages or emails while driving as long as it’s through a hands-free or voice-operated system.
“Study after study has shown that all distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety,” Frazier said in a press release. “Distracted drivers cause more than 5,400 deaths – 15 per day – and about half a million injuries – 1,200 per day – every year. Among those killed or injured in these crashes, nearly 1,000 deaths and 24,000 injuries included cellphone use as the major distraction.”
Frazier said Assembly Bill 313 is an important fix to what he calls a dangerous traffic law. He said that research suggests there is little or no difference in crash risk using hand-held or voice-activated devices because both cause “inattention blindness.”
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