October 20, 2003

Young Drivers More At Risk With Phone

In June, officials recommended states pass legislation banning the use of cell phones - hand-held and hands- free - by drivers younger than 21, reports Newsday.

"Learning how to drive and getting comfortable in traffic requires all the concentration a novice driver can muster," NTSB chairman Ellen Engleman said then. "Adding a distracting element like a cell phone is placing too many demands on a young driver's skills."

A recent study by University of Utah researchers found it was more dangerous to use a cell phone behind the wheel than it was to drive drunk.

Two states - New Jersey and Maine - have banned cell phone use by drivers younger than 21."

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