June 30, 2006

Cellphone talkers as bad as drunk drivers: study

People who talk on cellphones while driving, even using "hands-free" devices, are as impaired as drunk drivers, researchers said on Thursday, reports Reuters.

"The researchers from University of Utah used a driving simulation device for their study, published in the summer 2006 issue of Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

They studied 40 volunteers who used a driving simulator four times -- while undistracted, using a handheld cell phone, using a hands-free cell phone and while intoxicated.

... Just like many people who have been drinking, the cellphone users did not believe themselves to be affected, the researchers found. "

Related article from 2003:

-- Young Drivers More At Risk With Phone - A 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.

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