Friday, March 07, 2008

Mobile Phones While Driving A Car - A Must Read

Carnegie Mellon Study Shows Just Listening
To Cell Phones Significantly Impairs Drivers

Brain Imaging Reveals Drivers Are Distracted Even if They Don't Talk

Carnegie Mellon University scientists have shown that just listening to a cell phone while driving is a significant distraction, and it causes drivers to commit some of the same types of driving errors that can occur under the influence of alcohol.

The use of cell phones, including dialing and texting, has long been a safety concern for drivers. But the Carnegie Mellon study, for the first time, used brain imaging to document that listening alone reduces by 37 percent the amount of brain activity associated with driving. This can cause drivers to weave out of their lane, based on the performance of subjects using a driving simulator.
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