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If many states allow you to use your phone hands-free while driving, and carmakers are adding apps and driver-assist systems, then those technologies must be safe, right? They are better than looking down at your phone while driving, but that doesn’t make them safe.

Those technologies make it easier for you to take your attention off the road, and distracted driving kills thousands of people in the U.S. each year. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and UMass Amherst human factors engineer Shannon Roberts explains why you should heed the government’s new public service announcements telling you to “put the phone away or pay.”

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Eric Smalley

Science + Technology Editor

Car infotainment systems are getting ever more sophisticated. AP Photo/Ryan Sun

Even hands-free, phones and their apps cause dangerously distracted driving

Shannon Roberts, UMass Amherst

Technology has made driving safer in many ways, but also provided more opportunities for drivers to distract themselves.

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