Hands-Free Phones as Dangerous as Handheld

A new study in the National Safety Council’s “Journal of Safety Research” concludes there is little difference between in the safety risk of driving while talking on a hands-free cell phone versus a handheld one.

It says any type of cell phone use detracts from the rain’s ability to focus on safe driving. Several other studies have shown the same thing.

It says that according to conservative estimates, each year in the United States more than 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injures and 2,600 deaths are caused by a distracted driver on a cell phone.

To see the study, visit www.sciencedirect.com.

4 thoughts on “Hands-Free Phones as Dangerous as Handheld

  1. These are the same people that would have trouble carrying out a conversation with another person in their car. I am sure some political minded, lets make the world safe for all, individual is already drafting a bill to make talking on a hands free device illegal. Welcome to our nanny state, remember no running with scissors.

  2. I wonder how many lives have been SAVED because people talk on their cell phones to report drunk drivers, report reckless driving, call in fires or wrecks that they see on the road…

    If it were not for my cell phone, I know of at least two very serious accidents that would not have gotten aid to the scene fast enough to save lives.

    Anecdotally, I use my cell phone in the car and I think there is a big difference in my attention to the road when I have my bluetooth in and when I have to reach for the phone and hold it to my ear. Remember the good old days of ad campaigns to promote things instead of laws???

    Take responsibility folks.

    Kathryn Simpson

  3. Bad drivers allow themselves to be distracted. Period. Does not matter what the distraction is. In the last couple of weeks on my commute I have seen bad driving because of…eating, dog on lap, putting on make-up, reading, domestic squabbling, texting and cell phone use. People who make bad decisions and allow themselves to be distracted need to take responsibility for what they have done and not blame the distraction.

    I am with Kathryn. Having people on the road with phones does make a difference in response times for help. I have used my OnStar to call in a couple of accidents and a drunk driver.

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