STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Forty-one states have banned texting while driving, according to distraction.gov; however, new statistics show that calling is a culprit as well. The numbers also showed that hands-free doesn't necessarily mean risk-free.
Like a lot of drivers, Robbie Fletcher sometimes tries to multitask. "I try to go the speed limit, talk on my phone, pay attention and drive safe."
But it's driving safe that can sometimes be the problem for drivers. The National Safety Council said cell phone use is involved in more than 25 percent of all car crashes; however, the biggest problem isn't texting. It only makes up an estimated 5 percent of cell-phone-related car crashes.
On the other hand, 21 percent involve drivers talking on their phones, which includes drivers using hands-free devices.
"Many phone calls can be so attention-consuming to individuals that they're oblivious to their surroundings," said Sgt. Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro Police Department.
"It's kind of like the same thing as if you're talking to somebody inside the car, you're just holding the cell phone up to your ear. Just talk, focus on the road, focus on everything around you and don't go slow, because that annoys me whenever people are talking on their cell phone and hold up traffic," said Fletcher.
Edwards disagrees and believes that driving deserves our full attention, even if that means putting down the phone.
He also said he realizes people are going to use their phones while they drive.
Edwards said the important thing is to not get so wrapped up in a long, deep conversation because your number one priority needs to be focusing on the road.
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