Study: mobile phones more dangerous than alcohol

| 3/28/2002

A study released Mar. 22 reveals that talking on a mobile phone while driving is more dangerous than driving drunk.

Scientists at the Transport Research Laboratory in Berkshire, England, found that drivers' reaction times were, on average, 30 percent slower when talking on a hand-held mobile phone compared to being intoxicated and 50 percent slower than under normal driving conditions. According to the tests, phone-wielding drivers were less able to maintain a constant speed and found it more difficult to keep a safe distance while following a vehicle.

Researchers found using a hand-held mobile phone had the greatest impact on driving performance. On average, it took hand-held users one second longer to react than normal, and one third of a second longer to react compared to driving drunk. The study found hands-free mobile phones were also a considerable distraction.