Dangers of mobile phones
Friday 21 November 1997
The report, by the Transport Research Laboratory, says there was a quadrupling of the risk of collision during a phone-call in a car - and that hands- free devices offered "no advantage in that context". Drivers were also 30 per cent less likely to respond to a hazard than "phone-free" motorists when having an "intense conversation" on a "hands-free" telephone. Police can charge motorists whose driving is affected by using a telephone.
Many experts agree mobile-phone conversations while driving should be avoided. The problem for ministers is how to proceed. Lady Hayman is working on a code of practice with mobile-phone companies and motoring interests.
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