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Why Using A Cellphone While Driving Is Never Safe

Most Rhode Island residents would likely agree that drinking alcohol inhibits an individual's ability to safely drive. However, despite the fact that research indicates that drivers who use a cellphone or mobile device are "even more impaired that someone with a blood alcohol level of .08," many likely wouldn't think twice about calling up a friend to chat while driving.

Rhode Island drivers are banned from using handheld cellphones. Consequently, many drivers wrongly assume that it's completely safe to talk on a cellphone while driving as long as they use a hands-free device. In reality, data from the National Safety Council shows that cellphone use of any kind by a driver is dangerous and distracting.

It makes sense when you think about how the human brain works. Say you're watching television when your spouse comes into the room and starts talking to you. It's nearly impossible to both watch and grasp everything that's happening and being said on the television while also listening to and understanding what a spouse is saying.

Scientists insist that the same is true when it comes to drivers who talk on a cellphone while driving. As human beings, our brains simply aren't able to do both, at least well, at the same time. It's no wonder, therefore, that you see drivers chatting away on their hands-free devices while braking erratically or drifting across the center lane. Their brains are in overdrive as they attempt to switch back and forth between two very complex tasks.

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