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Study Says Cell Phones a Big Distraction Whether Hand-Held or Not

August 20, 2001

A new study revealed the driving performance of motorists using cell phones significantly decreases, regardless of whether they’re using hands-free or hand-held phones. The study, conducted by University of Utah researchers and published in the National Safety Council’s Injury Insights, contradicts the prevailing wisdom that hands-free phones are safer than hand-held phones. The study found that cell phone use is more distracting than other in-car activities such as listening to the radio, putting on a makeup, and drinking coffee. According to the study’s authors, the findings suggest legislative initiatives by states to ban hand-held devices, but allow only hands-free devices, wouldn’t lower driver distractions linked with cell phone conversations.
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