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Stressing the importance of hands-free devices

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

My daily commute is pretty short, but often causes a mild case of road rage due to drivers who are not paying attention. I am a part of the technology generation and use my cell phone often, but I make it a point to not use it while I am driving. The most frustrating part of my commute has to be navigating the round-a-bouts with drivers on their cell phone. It’s probably at least once a day I pass someone on their cell phone or texting while they are driving and watch as their speed fluctuates tremendously and they swerve to stay on the road.

In several states laws have been passed to keep people safe while on the road. The hands-free law states that “All drivers of all ages are banned from texting and using a cell phone while driving. Only drivers over the age of 18 years old are permitted to use a hands-free device while operating a vehicle. Distracted driving can be a significant safety hazard, especially when you’re traveling in heavy traffic or under poor weather condition.”

I remember when I was learning to drive and we had to drive without the radio on. It’s important to learn to pay attention to ALL of your surroundings while driving. Even though I learned that way, I am still guilty of having the “tunnel vision” and might not always be aware of what everyone else around me is doing. I try my best to always keep my eyes on everyone, and with that said, I have never had a car accident (knock on wood). I hear of car accidents all the time where someone was distracted by a cell phone and it’s disappointing that we cannot put our devices down long enough to drive from point A to point B.

I think that it is important to stress to the younger generations to not use any cellular device while driving a vehicle and for everyone else to get used to hands-free devices if the call cannot wait. Many new cars are even equipped with Bluetooth devices that will assist you while making a phone call. Everything can be done verbally and there is no need to take your eyes off the road or off your steering wheel.

I think that it is just a matter of time until Missouri follows the other states in making this a law, and I for one can’t wait for it. Safety is key and I’m sure it will save lives.

By Kristen Harris