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You + Car + Cell = Worse than Drunk Driving

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First off, let us say that drunk driving is bad. Really bad. You should be taking the bus, no? Maybe even ride the Holly Trolley around in circles until 4 a.m. to sober up.

Daily News reports that a study finds your cell phone/car consumption is worse than your drinking/car one. And if you think your bluetooth ear piece is any safer, these Utah researchers say not:

In response to safety concerns, some states have outlawed the use of handheld cell phones while driving. But that type of legislation might not be effective, because the Utah researchers found no difference in driver performance whether the driver was holding the phone or talking on a hands-free model. "We have seen again and again that there is no difference between hands-free and handheld devices," Drews says. "The problem is the conversation."

Statistics (and maybe studies) speak for themselves, right? Should L.A. go with the no cell phone way?
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