Biz Traveler

Don't Touch That Dial

Sure, using a cellular car phone helps you keep in touch with the office, feel safer in parts unknown and maybe even close more deals. But did you know it may also increase your chances of having an accident?

According to data collected by the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, having a cellular phone in a vehicle may up the risk of accidents by as much as 34 percent. While the study indicates there is no direct evidence that people were using a cellular phone at the time the accidents occurred, it did find that the risk of accidents increased with the amount of phone usage.

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This article was originally published in the February 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Biz Traveler.

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