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Being on the cell is definitely a distraction while driving. I knew someone who was killed driving to Mt. Hood to take his son skiing by someone in the oncoming traffic who leaned over to pick up his cell phone (which wasn't even ringing - the guy simply HAD to have his phone near him at the cost of a life).
My husband's vehicle has a button he pushes when he gets into the car to transfer all calls to voice command hands free which then allows him to have a conversation similar to having a passenger in the car without holding anything or fumbling for bluetooth, phones, etc. I feel Land Rover was absolutely considering the safety of the driver by offering this option.
Bluetooth is simple to use but enough of a hassle that most of us choose not to utilize it even when we have it. If every vehicle offered the voice command hands free option and made it easy to use we could be solution oriented and end this discussion about how to micromanage every driver. As it stands now, if the phone rings while we are driving, we need to use good judgement, how urgent is the call - really?
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