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Cell Phone Study Sparks Action

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Psychology Professor Marcel Just and his colleagues showed that simply listening to a cell phone while driving can cause drivers to commit errors as if they were under the influence of alcohol. New findings by Carnegie Mellon researchers show making the devices hands-free or voice-activated is not sufficient in eliminating these distractions.

“Drivers need to keep not only their hands on the wheel, they also have to keep their brains on the road,” said Just, director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging and author of the report.

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