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Study: Mobile Phone Users Worse Than Drunk Drivers

March 26, 2002

Motorists talking on mobile phones while driving are more dangerous than those over the legal drunken driving limit, according to an article by Reuters. Tests conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory in Berkshire, England showed that drivers’ reactions were a third slower when talking on a hand-held mobile phone than under the influence of alchohol. According to the survey, commissioned by insurer Direct Line, it took mobile phone users half a second longer than normal, and one third of a second longer than after drinking, to react. Drivers were less able to maintain constant speed and found it more difficult to keep a safe distance from the car in front. Tests showed that hands-free mobile phones were also a distraction.
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