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Cell Phone Distractions Part Two

Posted on 07/05/2015

Many drivers mistakenly believe hands-free cell phones (speakerphones, wireless headsets, etc.) are safer than handheld. However, both types of phones enable cognitive distraction to occur. Hands-free cell phones do not eliminate cognitive distraction, as the driver still focuses on the conversation instead of the road. Driving while talking on cell phones – handheld and hands-free – increases risk of injury and property damage crashes fourfold.3, 4

Research shows that human brains are unable to effectively perform two tasks, such as driving and talking on a cell phone, at the same time. In fact, just listening to sentences on a cell phone decreases activity in the brain’s parietal lobe by 37 percent, according to a Carnegie Mellon University study.

Drivers on hands-free cell phones not only display slower reaction times and difficulty staying in their lane; they also are less likely to see:

  • High and low relevant objects
  • Visual cues
  • Exits, red lights and stop signs
  • Navigational signage
  • Content of objects

The lack of awareness about cognitive distraction, and the inherent dangers of cell phone use while driving, could prolong change of our behavior on the road. Countless lives have been lost as a result of cell phone distracted driving, and the after effects ripple throughout our society- no one is safe until we remember it is not what is in our hands but what is in our heads. FocusDriven – Advocates for Cell-Free Driving encourages businesses, communities and individuals to get involved today by implementing and supporting:

  • Corporate cell phone bans
  • Distracted-driving legislation banning both hands-free and handheld cell phones
  • Law enforcement
  • Safe driving technology
  • Widespread education

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