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A NEW STUDY LINKS CAR PHONES WITH ACCIDENTS

Imagine if every time you took to the road, 35 million of your fellow drivers were legally drunk. That's not likely, but it is possible they're doing something nearly as dangerous as drinking: talking on a cellular phone.

According to a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, drivers using car phones are four times as likely to be involved in an accident as those minding only the road--about the same rate found among motorists driving at the legal blood-alcohol limit. The study, conducted by a Canadian research team, relied on a large sample group of cell-phone...

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