Insurance Institute testifies that cell phone use while driving increases accident risk by four times

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testified before a US House subcommittee on November 4th regarding distracted driving and cell phone. In the IIHS testimony, data was provided that shows that cell phone usage by drivers puts the driver at increased risk for a car accident and impaired driving performance. The IIHS testified that different studies reach different conclusions about what the actual statistics are, but a recent study that was “well-controlled” and had a “large number of crash-involved drivers” found that that the risk of an accident was four times higher when the driver was talking on either a hand-held or hands-free cell phone.

The IIHS reports that their data shows that the fact of using a cell phone, regardless of whether it is hands-free or hand-held, poses the same accident risk.

See the IIHS web-site for a full text of testimony, Driven to Distraction: Technological Devices and Vehicle Safety.

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