Hands-free is not risk free. That's the message from AAA.
The auto club is releasing what it calls a groundbreaking study on distracted driving. AAA along with the University of Utah found voice-activated, hands-free technologies on cell phones and in cars pose the greatest risks for distracted driving accidents.
“The risk is extensive,” says AAA spokesperson Cheryl Parker. “If you have these voice activated, in-car technologies, don’t use them unless you’re safely parked.”
AAA is projecting a slight decline in Memorial Day travel. The automobile association says 34.8 million people will be traveling more than 50 miles from home Thursday through Monday. Last year it was 35.1 million. The automobile association estimates 1,312, 559 Ohioans plan to travel for the holiday, also a slight decline from last year.
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Cheryl Parker with AAA in Cincinnati said one reason for the decrease is the impact of the federal government's budget sequester is starting to be felt.
AAA is predicting the national average price of gasoline for Labor Day this year will be the highest ever for the holiday. Spokeswoman Cheryl Parker says we're looking at a high for local gas prices as well:
"The highest for us locally was$3.75 last year on Labor Day; and, as you can see, we're already at the average of $3.93. So it's already the highest that we're seeing pretty much across the country."
Other average prices from the Cincinnati AAA office: Ohio, $3.90; Kentucky, $3.87; and Covington, $3.96.