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Drivers who talk on cell phones may be just as dangerous as those who drink. That's the sobering conclusion of a study published Thursday by University of Utah researchers who monitored 40 men and women on a driving simulator. Drivers using hands-free phones were no better than those with the handheld variety, confirming previous studies. That suggests New Jersey's ban on cell phone driving, which allows hands-free use, is only partly effective at preventing accidents.
I live in NJ. I'm all for a hand-held cell phone ban while driving. However, it would be nice if the police also practiced the law. Almost every day I witness a police office talking on the phone (while driving). I also witness off-duty officers on their way home running red lights after a brief stop. I think NJ residents would appreciate the reason for laws more if law enforcement themselves did not abuse their status as such.