Study: Driving while talking worse than drunk driving

Another damaging study is out regarding how dangerous it is to talk on the phone while driving. Researchers found that driving while talking, regardless of whether a user is holding the phone or using a hands-free device, is more dangerous than driving drunk. The researchers used a driving simulation device for the study, which is published in the summer 2006 issue of Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factor and Ergonomics Society. Forty volunteers used a driving simulator under four different conditions: while not distracted, while using a mobile handset, while using a hands-free device and while intoxicated with a 0.08 blood-alcohol level. Three of the participants talking on mobile phones rear-ended the simulated car in front of them. None of the intoxicated participants, who had achieved their 0.08 blood-alcohol levels through drinking vodka and orange juice, had an accident, although they drove more aggressively. Yikes.

To read more about the mobile-phone distraction study:
- check out this article from All Headline News