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Cell Phone or Drunk?

From AOL News:

Using Cell Phone While Driving Akin to Driving Drunk, Say Researchers
Posted Mar 7th 2008 11:24AM by Evan Shamoon

According to a new study, talking on your cell phone while driving could be as dangerous as being under the influence of alcohol. Carnegie-Mellon University researchers used brain imaging to show how mobile phone use alone reduces 37 percent of brain activity engaged in driving. The findings were published in the latest gotta-have-it issue of the journal ‘Brain Research,’ and also suggest that using a hands-free headset doesn’t make much of a difference.

Basically, the study found that drivers who spoke on their phones while driving tended to make many of the same driving mistakes as those who just got finished speaking to the bottle.

So to speak.

Comment: I always thought using a headset solved the problem – guess I was wrong. 😦 The Kuwait Ministry of Traffic is currently considering a law against using cell phones while driving in Kuwait. If enforced, it’s going to make a big difference in the lives of a lot of people in Kuwait. I wonder if it will mean fewer pedestrians killed?

March 8, 2008 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Communication, Crime, ExPat Life, Health Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, News, Social Issues, Statistics


  1. As for the pedestrians I wouldn’t count on it, those people practically jump on the street and put their lives in your hands! Either you slow down abruptly and risk a rear-ending or let the dude turn to bits! So stressful!

    Comment by Olórin | March 9, 2008 | Reply

  2. and don’t forget playing with ur iPod while ur driving, that equals death too

    Comment by hammoodee | March 9, 2008 | Reply

  3. Olorin – I’ve had that happen a couple times. . .very scary.

    hammoodee – you are right! Or eating! Drinking hot coffee! putting on your make up! Reading the paper! I have seen ALL of these things, not all in Kuwait, though.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 9, 2008 | Reply

  4. im sorry, this is totally ridiculous. having a 5 min phone call while driving IS NOT equivalent to driving under the influence. il7mdallah i have never had an accident while using the phone EVER. i understand that the ministry are trying to enforce stricter rules for our safety, i actually advocate that…but comparing using the phone to driving drunk is just ridiculous.

    Comment by Mrm | March 10, 2008 | Reply

  5. Mrm, is it ridiculous or inconvenient?

    YOU may be the exception. I see people on their phones all the time, drifting out of their lanes, trying to hold the phone to one ear, NOT paying attention, And not to worry, it is not a law in Kuwait. They haven’t even seriously considered it, just talk talk talk.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 10, 2008 | Reply

  6. I’ve nearly been knocked off my bike on a number of occasions by drivers on mobile phones, It’s illegal here in Australia but it doesn’t seem to deter them. They’re a menace to society

    Comment by Tasmaniac | March 10, 2008 | Reply

  7. I’m a Luddite when it comes to cell phones. I often forget to take it with me, which I realize is very stupid when I am on the road, but I won’t answer when I am driving. And who says being accessible is all that cool? Not me!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 10, 2008 | Reply

  8. […] study by Carnegie-Mellon University researchers shows that mobile phone use while driving reduces 37 percent of brain activity engaged in driving. This level of distraction could be as […]

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