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Drivers who talk on mobile or cell (cellular) phones are as impaired as drunken drivers, according to research.1

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Drivers who use a handheld device are four times more likely to get into a crash serious enough to cause injury. The risk to the public is serious. At any given moment during the daylight hours, over 800,000 vehicles in the U.S. are being driven by someone using a handheld cell phone, according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).2 The National Safety Council estimates that in a recent year, 21% of vehicular crashes (1,100,000) involved talking on either a handheld or handsfree cell phone.3

Both hand-held and hands-free mobile phones impair driving, with no significant difference in the degree of impairment. Researchers have asserted that this well established scientific fact “calls into question driving regulations that prohibited handheld cell phones and permit hands-free cell phones.”4

The following countries prohibit hand-held mobile phone use while driving a motor vehicle:

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Chile
China
Columbia
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Egypt
Estonia
Ethiopia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iran
Ireland
Isle of Man
Israel
Italy
Japan
Jersey
Jordan
Kenya
Kuwait
Lithuania
Malaysia
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Zambia
Zimbabwe
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