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Car Cell Phone Use More Hazardous Than Chat With Passengers
Date:12/2/2008

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Also, if you notice you're talking to someone on a cell phone while they're driving, politely end the conversation.

"You are also responsible for this person's safety," said Drews.

Ultimately, it's the driver who has prime responsibility, however. Talking on a cell phone, "your mind is some place else and not on the road," Colenda said. "When in a car, you're more concerned with the conversation than with the environmental surroundings."

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There's more on road safety at the National Safety Council.



SOURCES: Frank Drews, Ph.D., associate professor, psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City; Robert D. Foss, Ph.D., senior research scientist, director, Center for the Study of Young Drivers, Highway Safety Research Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Christopher Colenda, M.D., Jean and Thomas McMullin Dean, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, College Station; December 2008, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied


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