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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that distracted drivers kill nine people and leave 1061 people injured every day. A simple Bluetooth car kit can keep your primary focus on the road ahead and still allow you to use your device hand-free while your drive.

At first Bluetooth was a wireless technology found only in high-end cars which provided a way to make hands-free phone calls behind the steering wheel. In today’s car industry, Bluetooth has become a staple that is as common as the car radio.  Most if not all new cars come with Bluetooth and there are kits available for old cars that do not have Bluetooth technology factory installed.
 

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Smartphone and other portable communication devices have become a central part of everyday life. This creates a growing concern about driving safety which Bluetooth can possibly help to eradicate. Smartphones are fast becoming the standard medium for delivering Internet-based content to car infotainment systems and Bluetooth provides the means to connect the individual to such in formation in a safe and legal manner.
 

 
 
Advancements in Bluetooth allow for more than just connecting to a car’s audio system and listening to music.  With infotainment flat-panel displays, drivers can now use apps to navigate, get traffic and weather updates, and view restaurant information and get up to date information with hands-free voice interactions.
 
The rise of distracted drivers and related accidents has become such a hazard that many states have developed laws against cell-phone use while operating a vehicle.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety the use of cellphones by novice drivers is restricted in 37 states and the District of Columbia and text messaging is banned for all drivers in 46 states and the District of Columbia
Here is a list of states with some sort of ban on cellphone use while driving.
 
State Hand-held Ban Young Drivers all cellphone ban Texting ban Enforcement
Arkansas drivers 18 or older but younger than 21; school and highway work zones drivers younger than 18 all drivers primary: texting by all drivers and cellphone use by school bus drivers; secondary: cellphone use by young drivers, drivers in school and work zones
California all drivers drivers younger than 18 all drivers2 primary: hand-held and texting by drivers 18 and older; secondary: drivers younger than 181
Connecticut all drivers drivers younger than 18 all drivers primary
District of Columbia all drivers learner's permit holders all drivers primary
Hawaii all drivers drivers younger than 18 all drivers primary
Illinois all drivers drivers younger than 19 and learner's permit holders younger than 19 all drivers primary
Louisiana drivers in signed school zones; with respect to novice drivers, see footnote3 all novice drivers, see footnote for detail3 all drivers primary3
Maryland all drivers drivers younger than 18 all drivers primary
Nevada all drivers no all drivers primary
New York all drivers no all drivers primary
Oklahoma learner's permit and intermediate license holders no4 all drivers primary
Texas drivers in school crossing zones and on public school property during the time the reduced speed limit applies drivers younger than 18 drivers in school crossing zones and on public school property during the time the reduced speed limit applies; bus drivers with minor passengers; drivers younger than 18 primary
Vermont all drivers drivers younger than 18 all drivers primary
Washington all drivers learner's permit and intermediate license holders all drivers primary
West Virginia all drivers drivers younger than 18 who hold either a learner's permit or an intermediate license all drivers primary
Wisconsin drivers in highway construction areas learner's permit and intermediate license holders all drivers primary
 
See the full list that includes state without bans by clicking here.  

Sources: Bluetooth, The Wire Cutter, Edmunds





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