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Using mobile phones to access social media sites when behind the wheel can be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol, says a new report.
Research undertaken by the Transport Research Laboratory and the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found that drivers’ reaction times slowed by 38 percent when using their mobile phones to access sites such as Twitter and Facebook whilst controlling a moving vehicle.
In contrast, drivers at the alcohol drink-drive limit have a typical delayed reaction of just 12 percent.
“This research shows how incredibly dangerous using smartphones while driving is, yet unbelievably it is a relatively common practice,” said Simon Best, chief executive at IAM.