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Jun 24

Final Week of National Safety Month!

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 12:00 AM by Kristen Jordan

And the Week Five Edition of National Safety Month features "On the Road, Off the Phone."

"Cell phone use behind the wheel is a growing concern. According to CTIA – The Wireless Association, in 1995, cell phone subscriptions covered only 11% of the U.S. population. By 2010, that number grew to 93%. As the number of cell phone users continues to increase, so does the number of drivers distracted by cell phones."

I found this article about research comparing accident proneness (is that a word?) for driving while on the phone to driving under the influence.  Research participants used a driving simulator four times: with no distractions, with a handheld cell phone, with a hands-free cell phone, and then after drinking a screwdriver (orange juice & vodka).  Read the article for the results.

Personally, I would have liked to see the numbers about talking on the phone while driving under the influence. 

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