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Distracted Driving

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Think you know all about distracted driving?

It turns out hands free, does not mean distraction free.

A new study from Triple-A shows all those voice activated gadgets automakers are putting in cars are not making driving safer.

According to the research, drivers who use hands free cell phones to talk or send messages are at least two times more distracted than those who don't.

The speech-to-text-in-car systems that let you keep your hands hand on the wheel and eyes on the road, are even worse - the drivers are three times more distracted. 

ABC's David Kerley found out that even with his eyes on the road, his brain couldn't do it all.

Joel Cooper from the University of Utah says, "Your brain is so overloaded with these talk to text tasks or talking on a cell phone that you have very little residual capability to attend to the roadway."

For years, car companies have been marketing "hands free" systems to new car buyers.  Attracting younger drivers with the promise of being able to control music, answer e-mails, even peak on Facebook using your voice. 

Triple-A, which sponsored the study, wants restrictions.

Yolanda Cade, AAA spokeswoman, says, "This speech to text technology should only be used or limited to use to drivers when the vehicle is stopped."

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