Magazine article Work & Family Life

Do Cell Phones Really Cause Car Accidents?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Do Cell Phones Really Cause Car Accidents?

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Does the risk of talking on a cell phone while you're driving outweigh the safety of having a phone in your vehicle? The jury is still out on this question. But here's what several studies on the subject have reported.

In The New England Journal ofMedicine, the authors of a 1997 poll of 699 drivers who had cell phones in their vehicles, and were also involved in accidents, concluded that using a cell phone while driving quadrupled the risk of a collision (www.nejm.org).

A survey by the Insurance Research Council reported that even though 84% of cell phoners said they believe that using a prone while driving increased their risk of an accident, 61% said they use a cell phone in their car nevertheless, and 30% said they use it often. The most frequent cell phone users turned out to be drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 (www.ircweb.org).

A 1998 study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported that of cell phone users, 85% said they make calls while they are driving. …

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