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Monday, July 10, 2006

 

4WD drivers really as bad as we thought

`Four-wheel-drive owners, already seen as a road menace, are more dangerous than we thought, a study of more than 40,000 vehicles has found.

A person behind the wheel of one is far more likely to be wielding a mobile phone while driving, and less likely to wear a seatbelt, researchers say. They have concluded that four-wheel-drive owners take more risks because they feel safer.

But that distorted logic is a threat to the safety of everyone on the road, says Lesley Walker, a research associate with Imperial College London’s primary care and social medicine department.’




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