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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Study: Cellphones Make Drivers Worse! -- General

Just read this in WIRED, thought it was pretty interesting...definitely my experience! I absolutely *detest* people talking on cellphones while driving. Please, pull over!

...and i guess this means drunk seniors talking on cellphones would be the worst. ;)

If someone reading this has a link to the actual study, please post a note, thanks!

Granny drivers: Talking on a cell phone makes you drive like a retiree — even if you're only a teen, a new study shows. A report from the University of Utah says when motorists between 18 and 25 talk on cell phones, they drive like elderly people — moving and reacting more slowly and increasing their risk of accidents.

They found that when 18- to-25-year olds were placed in a driving simulator and talked on a cellular phone, they reacted to brake lights from a car in front of them as slowly as 65- to 74-year olds who were not using a cell phone.

In fact, motorists who talk on cell phones are more impaired than drunken drivers with blood-alcohol levels exceeding 0.08, the research shows.

The study found that drivers who talked on cell phones were 18 percent slower in braking and took 17 percent longer to regain the speed they lost when they braked.

2 Comments:

At Sunday, February 13, 2005 5:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read this a couple weeks ago. Incredible. Not surprising in the least. They should make people take driving tests while talking to a DMV rep on a cellphone.

-Matt Norwood

 
At Sunday, February 13, 2005 11:24:00 PM, Blogger Dave Noisy said...

hahaha - that would be great!

For me, it would be really helpful if they at least learned patience.

It seems most of the stupidity that occurs is the result of people being impatient....

 

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