03 June 2009


DID YOU KNOW that talking on a cell phone while driving is equal to driving with a .O8 blood alcohol level?

That finding held true whether the driver was holding a cell phone or using a hands-free device. Between 4,000 and 8,000 crashes related to "distracted driving", which includes cell phone use, occur each day.

"There's very good evidence that people who talk on their cell phone-it impairs their driving" says Rene Marois a psychologist at Vanderbilt University.

Maneuvering through traffic while talking on a cell phone increases the likelihood of an accident five-fold and is actually more dangerous than driving drunk, US researchers report. The report also says there is a a difference between behaviors of drunk drivers and those who were talking on the phone. Drunk drivers tended to be aggressive, while those talking on the phone were more sluggish.