than driving drunk
Texting more dangerous than drunk driving
A test by Car and Driver magazine showed that texting is
more dangerous than driving drunk. A
Virginia Tech study showed that texting is 17 times more
just talking on the phone. A Harris poll showed that 66%
respondents admitted to texting while driving, though 89%
practice should be banned. L.A.
Cell phone use as dangerous as driving drunk
University of Utah researchers tested subjects'
braking ability while talking on a cellphone or driving
The cellphone drivers did worse. Three of them even
the pace car, while none of the drunks did. CNET,
Cellphone-driving is just as dangerous as drunk-driving,
according to a study in the New England Journal of
Medicine. Reuters, 1997
Hands-free phones just as dangerous as hand-held...or worse
Of course, the question arises, if phone use is so dangerous, is
it just as dangerous to have a conversation with a passenger
inside the car? NHTSA
says: "Some research findings show both activities to be
equally risky, while others show cell phone use to be more risky.
A significant difference between the two is the fact that a
passenger can monitor the driving situation along with the driver
and pause for, or alert the driver to, potential hazards, whereas
a person on the other end of the phone line is unaware of the
roadway situation. However, when two or more teens are in the
vehicle, crash risk is increased. And while we canít say for sure
this is attributable to distraction, we are confident that
distraction plays a role."
Impairment between hands-free phone drivers and drunk drivers
was about the same. Touro
Twenty-one percent of crashes involve talking on a phone
(hand-held or hands-free). If talk time is less than 21%
of drive time, then cell phone use is correlated with
Safety Council, 2012
Cognitively-demanding hands-free phone conversations were
equivalent to BAC of 0.07 to 0.10. Traffic
Injury Prevention, 2012
New Jersey statistics show that talking on a hands-free cell
phone while driving can be just as dangerous as talking on a
phone. A motorist is also almost as likely to be injured
killed when involved in a crash while using a hands-free cell
vs. no phone. The problem with handheld phones isn't that
tie up your hands, it's that they tie up your mind.
why switching to a headset doesn't make it any safer. Press
of Atlantic City, 2010
The government has known that hands-free phones as just as
dangerous as hand-held since 2003, but kept the information
secret. A consumer group is now suing the government for
sharing this information with the public. Public
"Even hands-free phones appear to contribute to unsafe
2005 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found
drivers using cell phones -- even hands-free -- were four
likely to have an accident involving an injury." ABC
"Findings suggest that using a hands-free mobile phone while
driving may lead to a low-to-moderate crash risk in young
adults with normal visual function." Acta
Hands-free cell phones are involved in more
percent) than handheld cell phones (4 percent), according to a
published in the Journal of American College Health. Indiana
Drivers using hands-free or handheld phones were more
impaired than those driving drunk. University
of Utah, 2006
Mythbusters' test showed hand-free phone use to be more of an
impairment than drunk driving. Mythbusters,
Hands-free mobile phone conversation impairs the peripheral
visual system to an extent comparable to an alcohol level of
4-5 g 100 ml. Human
Researchers tested hands-free mobile use and found it to be
just as dangerous as driving
with a cell phone in your hand. University
of Illinios, 2005
Report: Using Car Phones Is as Dangerous as Driving Drunk
February 13, 1997
©Reuters Ltd. All rights reserved ©FOX News Network 1997.
BOSTON -- The risk of having a traffic accident while using a
cellular phone is the same as that while driving drunk,
according to a
study appearing in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
University of Toronto researchers found cell phone users four to
times more likely to get into traffic accidents than those who
use them. "Telephones that allowed the hands to be free did not
to be safer than hand-held telephones," they said. "This may
that the main factor in most motor vehicle collisions is a
limitations in attention rather than dexterity." An editorial by
Malcolm Maclure of the Harvard School of Public Health and
Mittleman of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston said
research was the first "direct evidence that the use of cellular
telephones in cars contributes to roadway collisions."
The Toronto study by Dr. Donald Redelmeier and Robert
Tibshirani said the risk "is similar to the hazard associated
driving with a blood alcohol level at the legal limit."
A definitive study with people randomly assigned cellular
phones so their accident rates could be checked was unlikely
would be difficult and possibly unethical. Representatives of
cellular phone industry were quick to cite what they said were
study's shortcomings. The Cellular Telecommunications Industry
Association, a trade group, said in a statement that the study
with an association between accidents and the phones. The
did not directly assess whether the phones caused accidents. The
association also said cell phone use was way up and traffic
were down, showing users drive safely.
Nonetheless, the findings were likely to reverberate through
the cell phone and insurance industries, and among drivers and
government regulators as well. About 35 million Americans have
phones. Brazil, Israel and Australia have banned the use of
telephones while driving and the new finding may spark similar
even though the researchers stressed that there are benefits to
phones, such as the ability of drivers to make emergency calls
Driver error was responsible for more than 90 percent of motor
vehicle collisions, which were the top cause of death among
and young adults, the researchers said.
Redelmeier and Tibshirani used 13 months of accident data and
phone billing records of 699 volunteers to pinpoint the time of
accident and determine when a cell phone customer was last using
phone. They also made some statistical adjustments to account
intermittence of driving.
Among their findings:
-- The risk of an accident was nearly five times higher than
normal when a person was on the telephone one minute or five
before the accident. The typical call in the study lasted nearly
-- The collision rate was four times higher than expected when
the call was made less than 15 minutes before the accident.
-- Only after the driver had been off the phone for more than
15 minutes did the risk seem to dissipate.
-- Younger and older drivers with a cell phone faced
essentially the same risk.
-- "Subjects with many years of experience in using a cellular
telephone still had a significant increase in risk," but the
risk was among people who had not graduated from high school.