Drivers, prepare yourself for going hands-free on Friday, June 1st! The new Rhode Island law (TITLE 31 Motor and Other Vehicles, 31-22, Miscellaneous Rules, SECTION 31-22-31) prohibits the use of a handheld wireless communication device while operating a vehicle.
As many of us already know, distracted driving-related accidents are on the rise. Distracted driving is creating unsafe conditions for drivers as well as pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Administration reports that in 2015, distracted driving took the lives of nearly 3,500 people with almost 400,000 seriously injured. This law is necessary and will drive these staggering numbers down. Fines start at $100. First-time offenders can waive the fine with proof of purchasing hands-free apparatus.
As drivers, we need to prepare for this new law. Here are some hands-free solutions that will keep you safe and ensure you are abiding the new law!
Bluetooth Technology offers a variety of inexpensive options depending on your needs. Here are a few examples:
Bluetooth Handsfree Wireless Car Speaker – Clip-on: This device clips on to the visor of the car and can transport easily from vehicle to vehicle.
Read a review of Bluetooth car visor speakerphones.
Bluetooth Transmitter with an In-Car Charger: This device requires a USB and the auxiliary port on your car stereo. Once installed, calls can be made and received hands-free!
Read a review of Bluetooth transmitters with an in-car charger.
Bluetooth Headset with Noise Cancelling Mic: As the name implies, this is a hands-free headset that allows you to talk and be understood with the noise canceling features.
See review of Bluetooth headsets.
Most newer vehicles have Bluetooth installed.
However, if you own an older car, you can have Bluetooth technology installed at a local car electronic specialist.
Additional information regarding the new law can be found online on RIDOT’s website.