Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Study Shows Driving and Mobile Phones Don’t Mix

A recent study shows that there is no difference between the dangers of driving while using a hand-held device or a hands-free one. Both increase the risk of getting into a serious crash by 400 percent. Some states have already banned the use of hand-held cell phones while driving...the U.S of course.
Anne McCartt of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an industry association, says that laws banning hand-held devices don't solve all the problems of talking while driving.

Laws prohibiting hand-held phone use, but allowing hands-free phone use, our studies indicate, will not solve the problem.

According to the study, it is the conversation itself that distracts the driver. Connecticut State Delegate Richard Roy realizes that will take some time until all the states will have the proper legislation.
We banned the hand-held cell phone because that's the only law we could pass at this time. I think if we tried to pass a ban on all cell phones we would meet with overwhelming defeat.

The cell phone industry says this study, which ignores other driver distractions, is flawed.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that all forms of driver distraction account for 25 percent of automobile accidents.
[Via VoaNews]


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