Hands-free phones don't offer drivers additional protection, study finds
The report, published in the National Safety Council's Journal of Safety Research, concluded that any type of cell phone use detracts from the brain's ability to focus on safe driving. Researchers found that both hands-free and handheld phones caused more accidents and driving errors, impaired reaction times, and slowed down overall vehicle speeds.
Cell phone use behind the wheel is a growing problem. An estimated 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, and 2,600 fatalities are caused each year by a distracted driver on a cell phone. Earlier this year, the National Safety Council became the first national organization to call for a total ban on cell phones for individuals who are driving.
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August 31, 2009
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