Talking On Your Cell Phone While Driving Is Like Driving Under The Influence

A new study from the University of Utah finds drivers are much more distracted by talking on a cell phone than talking with another passenger in the car.

Using a driving simulator, researchers found drivers on cell phones drifted out of their lanes and missed exits more often than those chatting with a passenger.

In fact, cell phone drivers are as impaired as drivers with a .08 blood alcohol level and young adults on the phone have reaction times as slow as senior citizens.

On another note, hands free won't help, the study finds it's the conversation that's the biggest distraction.

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  • by Bella Michelle Location: Alabama on Apr 16, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    I TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by C on Dec 18, 2008 at 06:58 AM
    What gets me about people that talk on their cell phones while driving is that the conversations are usually trivial. In other words, the majority of these people seem to be talking on the phone just because they can ! I've lost count of the driving cell phone users that I've seen blow through red lights. I'm one of those old-fashioned stubborn folks that has yet to buy a cell phone; but if I had one I'd have enough sense to pull over before using it.
  • by Mr. Fabulous on Dec 17, 2008 at 07:54 AM
    But it's OK for cops to do it, right?
  • by Buzz Erdly Location: coastal free zone on Dec 17, 2008 at 07:40 AM
    I didn't think a lady could drive without being on the cell phone. I don't believe I've observed this phenomenon in the last 10 or 12 years. Billy Mays ought to start selling a cellphone-shoulder attachment device.. Buzz-
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Dec 16, 2008 at 04:49 PM
    Well, everybody doesn't make it safer. I noticed some people can drive and talk. I have also noticed the ones that can't. Rule one, if the cell phone is in the left hand, the turn signal is no used, it is optional even though it is the law. Speeding is OK since most of these drivers don't set the cruise control and cannot keep a constant speed, even though it is against the law to speed. I say enforce the law. If you cross the yellow line, reckless driving, no turn signal, ticket time, speeding, ticket. Enforce the law. I watched a young lady run into the back of a car with her SUV at an intersection. She was having an important conversation on her cell phone. She never say the car stopped and saw the light was green. I guess the conversation was really important. IF you have kids in your SUV and taking them to school, put the phone down, the kids are more important. If 15% of gays want marriage, its just a matter of time before you have no cell phone while driving. The few can govern.
  • by D Location: Kinston on Dec 16, 2008 at 03:31 PM
    I have said it all along drivers on the phone are deadly.
  • by Curious Location: Vanceboro on Dec 16, 2008 at 03:11 PM
    How many of you who posted a comment talk on your phone while driving. Everybody does it..
  • by Wilma Location: tuggatown, OK on Dec 16, 2008 at 09:35 AM
    Now here's breaking news! I'm sure nobody had a clue that driving 75 while yapping on a cellie is a bad thing. We appreciate the article informing us of this. Here's a guarantee: Anybody driver that cuts you off, runs a light, or neglects to use a turn signal........look at their face yapping on a phone. They have no clue they even did these things! For those of you that do obey rules on the road, drive defensive, because the next disrespectful, cell phone yapping idiot is just about ready to rear end your car.
  • by here Location: here on Dec 16, 2008 at 08:55 AM
    If this is true than why is there not a law against it yet?
  • by Michelle Location: Chocowinity on Dec 16, 2008 at 08:42 AM
    It's called "multi-tasking"! You know whether or not you have the ability to do more than one thing at a time. The ones that have the problem with driving and using a cell phone are the ones that don't need a drivers license to begin with. The ones that pull out in front of you or weave in and out of traffic. Get over yourselves and worry more about how you are driving than what every one else does. One question for you? If you pay attention to someone talking on cell phone, are you paying attention to the road in front of you?
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