Warning: Using a Cellular Phone While You Drive May Be Hazardous
AbstractAs people increasingly communicate by cellular telephones, growing evidence suggests their use by automobile drivers is contributing significantly to accidents. Only a few American states have legislated on this problem, and those but minimally. The hazard factor involves basically driver distraction. But legislation restricting driver cell phone usage would be premature at this time. The urgent need is for much more information on the scope and nature of the hazard problem. Steps should be taken now to ensure that auto accident reporting systems will take thorough account of the degree to which driver cellular phones are implicated.
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