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NIH Study Examines Effects of Driving Distractions

Reuters reports on a new NIH-sponsored study published in NEJM that has examined the effect of distraction on novice and experienced drivers. The findings showed that, amongst novice drivers, the risk of crashes or near-crashes increased when drivers were dialing a cell phone, reaching for a cell phone or other object, looking at a road-side object or eating. They also showed that talking on a cell phone was not associated with an increased risk of crashing amongst experienced drivers. Experts warn, however, that this evidence does not conclusively show that talking on the phone while driving is safe and that people should still be cautious about this action.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in NEJM.