Do cell phone laws make the roads any safer?

01.30.2010

Every state legislature has considered regulations that would prohibit the use of cell phones while driving. Several have enacted laws that prohibit drivers from using hand-held cell phones but allow drivers to use hands-free devices. Will these laws make the roads any safer?

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And this just in...

01.26.2010

A new study from researchers at the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign is helping to better understand why cell phones and driving do not mix.

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An exception to the rule?

01.20.2010

A few months back, I was a guest on a radio call-in show on one of the public radio stations in California. One caller really took me by surprise. He was calling from a hand-held cell phone while driving a semi-tractor trailer down Interstate 5!

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What about passenger conversations?

01.19.2010

When people learn that talking on a cell phone (either a hand held unit or a hands-free device) increases the crash risk by a factor of 4 (identical to the crash risk with driving with a blood alcohol level of .08), I am often asked, "What about passenger conversations -- aren't they just as risky?"

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Oprah show on driver distraction

01.19.2010

Greetings everyone. This is my first attempt at blogging. Here goes...

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Focus Driven: A New Distracted Driving Nonprofit Launches

01.14.2010

This past week saw the launch of what we think will be a major, new non-profit distracted driving organization, Focus Driven Advocates for Cell-Free Driving.

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