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NHTSA Study on Cell Phone Distraction

Manipulating a cell phone while driving triples a driver's chances of crashing, according to this detailed analysis from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Manipulating a cell phone while driving triples a driver's chances of crashing, according to this detailed analysis from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The report also says simply talking on a cell phone while driving does not alter the risk of a crash.

Issued in April 2013, the study is based on in-car camera monitoring of driver behavior. Among the findings are that using a handheld cell phone significantly raises the likelihood that the driver will travel too close to the car ahead, change lanes more frequently and brake harder and more suddenly.

NHTSA has used this analysis to formulate voluntary standards for carmakers intended to limit the time a driver must glance away from the road to two seconds per task.

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