Which is worse: driving drunk or using your phone when you drive? Wrong, probably.
In a sobering research study, participants used a handheld cellphone, and in a second session, a hands-free version. A third session tested participants’ driving after researchers had plied them with cocktails until they were legally drunk and a fourth session studied the participants when they were alcohol and distraction free.
The findings showed that drivers using either type of cellphone were involved in more traffic accidents in the driving simulation than drivers who were sober – or drunk. In fact, cellphone users were more than five times as likely to cause an accident as non-distracted drivers.
This is not validation for recreational drinking and driving. Using a phone when you drive – hands-free or not – is problematic. Stop it.