Attorney Boyk Shares AAA’s Cognitive Distraction Study

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The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released the results of an in-depth study on cognitive distraction while driving. Attorney Boyk is sharing the results as he feels very strongly about distracted driving prevention

A study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that hands-free devices are more distracting than handheld devices while driving. This is the most in-depth study ever conducted to find mental distraction while driving, and the results are somewhat surprising.

USA Today reported that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that when using a hands-free device while driving:

  •     Mental workload and distractions increase
  •     Reaction time slows
  •     Brain function is compromised
  •     Drivers scan the road less, missing visual clues

All of the above can prevent a driver from seeing traffic signs, other vehicles, and even pedestrians. Attorney Charles Boyk feels very strongly about distraction free driving as he has seen the tragedy that can result.

“While the findings of this study may be alarming to many people, I don’t doubt them. Checking email, responding to texts, and doing other things through an automated device still take a driver’s attention from the roadway. My office supported Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April by sharing information through our blog. This study shows that we must take an even stronger stance on this issue and educate the community.”

To see a video created by the AAA Foundation, visit their YouTube channel.

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