The results showed cellphone users drive at speeds that vary more than average, with nine percent of those drivers less likely to use their brakes. Three drivers during the cellphone setup rear-ended the virtual vehicles in front of them. None of the alcohol-impaired drivers crashed, though they tended to drive slower and more aggressively.
The study was conducted by the University of Utah and published in the journal Human Factors. A representative from the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association responded that if the study's conclusions were factual, there should have been a corresponding spike in traffic accidents when cellphones hit the market. The opposite is happening with traffic accidents, which have been decline in recent years.
[Source: CNET; Forbes; Yahoo via engadget]