Hands-Free Doesn't Mean Risk-Free - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/5/08

Hands-Free Doesn't Mean Risk-Free

According to a new study from Carnegie Mellon University, even if you've put aside your cell phone for a hands-free device while you drive, you aren't necessarily risk free. 

Researchers studied the brains of people listening on the phone while they used a driving simulator.  They found that those drivers had more trouble staying in their lane and were more likely to hit a guardrail or cross the middle line.

The study shows, they say, that hands-free or voice-activated devices may not be enough to get rid of distractions when it comes to cell phones behind the wheel.

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