Assemblymember Jim Frazier Issues Statement on New Research Revealing the Dangers of Voice-Activated In-Car Texting

Monday, June 17, 2013

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) gave the following statement regarding new research which proves that voice-activated in-car texting is more distracting and dangerous than talking on a cell phone:

This new in-depth study, performed for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety by researchers at the University of Utah, confirms what previous studies have shown -- that voice-activated in-car texting is deadly.  My bill, AB 313, would have banned this dangerous practice, but unfortunately the automobile manufacturers were successful in killing the bill by claiming that voice-activated texting is safe.  I hope this study will change the misconceptions that some of my colleagues have so we can reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities by passing AB 313.

The study, “Measuring Cognitive Distraction in the Automobile,” can be found here.

To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier please visit his website at http://www.asmdc.org/members/a11/ or call his District Office at 707-399-3011.

CONTACT: Amy Warshauer, 916-319-2011, Amanda.Warshauer@asm.ca.gov