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Is Signing in the Car Just as Dangerous as Texting?

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Patch has always strived to bring its readers all types of information and keep them updated on what is happening in their communities. It is with that in mind that we bring you our newest column, “Ask Campbell PD.” We will be teaming up with the Campbell Police Department to answer your questions.

Whether you have a question about certain laws and how they might affect you, your family or friends or how to stay safe in certain situations, we want you to ask them. Every week we will run two-three questions and answers. To submit a question, email mayra.marcotte@patch.com or add it in the comments section below.

This week's questions from Campbell Patch readers were answered by Campbell Police Captain Charley Adams.

Is there a law against conversing in sign language (driver and passenger) while driving. I just saw it happen and the driver was staring at the passenger. Isn't this just as bad as texting?

Anything that takes a driver's attention off of changing roadway conditions could potentially be hazardous.

While there is no specific law prohibiting the use of sign language when driving a vehicle this practice could easily distract the driver and result in a collision.    

Anne Ernst August 14, 2012 at 04:45 PM
While I agree that the driver shouldn't have been driving and looking at the signer in the passenger seat, I spent several years studying American Sign Language and working with deaf/hard of hearing. Typically, deaf/hard of hearing drivers have better driving records than do hearing drivers. In part that may be attributed to their heightened visual awareness because with the hearing loss, the other senses are relied upon more.
Reggie Williams August 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM
There are some thing you just don't do in a car or truck. Now a Volkswagen is completely different cause anything goes. :)

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