With the unofficial kickoff to summer coming this weekend, people across the region are preparing to travel. Most people will drive, as AAA estimates that nearly 40 million people will travel at least 50 miles to their weekend destination. Chances are that freeways will be clogged with weekend vacation traffic on Friday and Monday.
For people who believe that hands-free use of their cellphone while driving is the solution to the distracted driving epidemic in the United States, a new report from the Christian Science Monitor seems to put the lie to that contention. As reported in the Monitor, in 2015 the national car crash rate went up at the fastest rate in nearly 50 years, and hands-free smartphone use may be largely to blame.