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posted: 12/4/2011 6:45 AM

Scientists: Our brains can't safely juggle driving and cellphones, even hands-free

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  • Authorities investigate a crash in Big Rock Township in September 2008. Distracted driving was a likely cause, officials said.

    Authorities investigate a crash in Big Rock Township in September 2008. Distracted driving was a likely cause, officials said.
    Photo courtesy of the Kane County Sheriff's Depart

  • Firefighters and police work an accident in Big Rock Township near North Aurora in September 2008. Officials think distracted driving may have been a factor in the crash where the driver of a beige Nissan ran a stop sign, colliding with a silver Dodge SUV.

    Firefighters and police work an accident in Big Rock Township near North Aurora in September 2008. Officials think distracted driving may have been a factor in the crash where the driver of a beige Nissan ran a stop sign, colliding with a silver Dodge SUV.
    Photo courtesy of the Kane County Sheriff's Depart

 

Think you can juggle coffee, a quick call to the boss, and gridlock on the expressway? Experts say you can't and it's just tempting fate to try. "Scientists have been unable to show people can truly multi-task doing two things at the same time as well as they do each individually," psychologist Joel Cooper said.

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