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NSC statement on CA's 'Voice to Text' law

Traffic crashes are the number one cause of death for all Americans between 5 and 35 years of age. They are the number one cause of unintentional death for everyone, both on and off the job. 35,000 Americans die every year in vehicle crashes – nearly 100 every day. Drivers owe it to other road users to be focused on driving the car. Sending text messages or emailing, distract the driver’s attention away from the task of safely operating their vehicle. CA Assembly Bill 1536 is potentially dangerous legislation that may even encourage people to use “voice to text” texting and emailing while driving a vehicle. There is no research or evidence to support that this activity is safe. In fact, researchers know that cognitive distraction is a key factor in distracted driving crashes and technology allowing for “voice to text” does nothing to reduce the attention demands required to create and send a text or email. The National safety Council is very concerned this law will lead to more people driving distracted, getting into crashes, hurting themselves or others on the roads, or even dying because the law suggests that the technology makes them safe. There is no evidence that is the case. 

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