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Originally posted by worldwatcher
fascinating isn't it. I never heard this one before, but why on earth did this study choose to compare marijuana to emails and instant messages???
"You'd think using a hands-free phone would be less distracting, so it wouldn't increase crash risk as much as using a handheld phone. But we found that either phone type increased the risk," said Anne McCartt, one of the study's authors and the institute's vice president for research.
The study found that handheld devices were very slightly riskier than hands-free ones, but the difference was not statistically significant.
The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found no difference in the risk posed to male and female drivers or to drivers older and younger than 30.
More motorists are using cell phones on the road than ever, and lawmakers are grappling for ways to reducing driver distraction.