Benefits of Using Cell Phone While Driving Essay
Karen S. Lissy, M.P.H. Joshua T. Cohen, Ph.D. Mary Y. Park, M.S. John D. Graham, Ph.D.
Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Harvard School of Public Health Boston, Massachusetts
Phase 1 Report July 2000
This report assesses the risks and benefits associated with cellular phone use while driving. The interest of policymakers in this issue has been heightened by the recent decisions of selected foreign countries and several U.S. localities to restrict or prohibit the use of cellular phones while driving.
The weight of the scientific evidence to date suggests that use of a cellular phone while driving does create safety risks for the driver and his/her …show more content…
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Table of Figures
Figure 1. Growth in Cellular Phone Subscriptions in Millions from 1985 to 2000. Figure 2. Traffic Fatalities per Billion Vehicle Miles Traveled and U.S. Cellular Phone Subscribers in Millions, 1970-1999. Figure 3. Traffic Fatalities and U.S. Cellular Phone Subscribers, 1970-1999.
Preface This study was commissioned by AT&T Wireless Services (Redmond, Washington) through a research grant made to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis of the Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, Massachusetts). The terms of the grant relationship protected the intellectual freedom of the Harvard researchers to determine the direction of the study as well as to make independent conclusions and recommendations. This Phase 1 report will be supplemented by a Phase 2 report, scheduled for completion in 2001, that provides additional quantitative information on the benefits and risks of the use of cellular