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Author: Redelmeier, D.A.; Tibshirani, R.J.
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CMCH Synopsis: Researchers examined cell phone bills for 700 drivers who had gotten in accidents, but weren’t personally hurt. They looked at the records for a week before the accident and they day of the accident itself, paying attention to the times calls were made, how long they lasted, and whether they were incoming or outgoing calls. Calls made during the time period surrounding the accident were compared to other times.

They found that when people used cell phones while they were driving, they were 4 times more likely to have an accident. The authors also found that it did not matter whether the driver was using a hands-free device or not, they were still at the same risk for having an accident. © Center on Media and Child Health
Year: 1997
Article Title: Association between cellular-telephone calls and motor vehicle collisions
Journal: New England Journal of Medicine
Volume: 336
Issue: 336
Pages: 453-458
ISSN: 0028-4793
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Publication Type: Journal Article
Age Group: Adolescence (13-17 yrs), Adulthood (18 yrs & older), Aged (65 yrs & older), Middle Age (40-64 yrs), Thirties (30-39 yrs), Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs)
Keywords: Accidents
Cell Phones
Public Health
Risk Factors



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