Driving Distractions: An Investigation of the Safety Implications of Using Cellular Telephones While Operating a Motor Vehicle Reena Shah- Johns Hopkins University Anika Thomas- Morgan State University Lisa Wilson- UMBC
Reena Shah- Johns Hopkins University
Anika Thomas- Morgan State University
Lisa Wilson- UMBC
Estimated Number of Cellular Telephone Subscribers For The Period January 1985 to December 2000
It’s a matter of dollars and sense ! Period January 1985 to December 2000
Today, the average monthly subscriber bill is half of what it was in 1987, making it far more affordable for ANYONE to own a cell phone
Average Monthly Subscriber Bill For The Period December 1987 to December 2000
Many cell phone owners purchased their phones solely for the SAFETY benefits that having a ready means of Communication provides
Every year 91 million people use their cell phones while driving
Of these, 18 million drivers use their phones on each trip
The NHTSA estimates that at any given moment, there are half a million drivers who are talking on hand-held cellular phones
HOWEVER... a million drivers who are talking on hand-held cellular phones
Studies have not been widespread enough to provide evidence that proves without a doubt that using a cell phone increasesone’s risk of being in an accident...
Evidence does indicate that talking a cell phone while driving may impair driving ability
One thing everyone can agree on:
Talking on a cellular phone while driving vehicle can't make you a better driver!
This is the first step in determining whether using Cell Phones while driving presents a hazard to Maryland’s drivers
Police Crash Reports driving
should include information on whether a Cell Phone played a role in the accident
Statistical Data about Cell Phone Involvement in accidents can be used in creating Legislature that ensures safe driving conditions for all
The emotional or critical nature of a conversation is especially distracting to a driver. They can become lost in thought and may drift off the road.
It is clear that talking on the phone while driving drags a driver away from the immediate surroundings
Past experiences with drunk driving and seat belts have shown that education alone does not substantially alter a driver’s behavior