DALLAS, TX – Common sense tells us that driving while using cell phones can cause car accidents. But now, new evidence suggests that it is a problem as bad a drunk driving.
A study in which some participants were tested while drunk and others while talking on a cell phone showed interesting results. The motorists who talk on cell phones while driving are as impaired as drunk drivers. Some of the participants crashed in a virtual vehicle while sober and talking on a cell phone. None of them crashed while drunk.
The study supports previous research that revealed the dangerous risks of using cell phones–even the hands-free variety–when behind the wheel. “We found that people are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit,” said Frank Drews, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Utah.
Previous studies have shown that as many as 2,600 people are killed every year in automobile accidents involving drivers on cell phones. In surveys, only about 10 percent of drivers admit that they sometimes talk on cell phones while driving.
Near fatal collisions occur every day in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex. Many cause severe injuries, brain damage, and even death. Many times, car accidents like this happen due to the negligence of the driver who was talking on a cell phone, texting, or even driving while intoxicated.
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