Cellphone Bans and Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Rates in the United States

Many states have laws that restrict drivers from using cellphones while driving. The authors have used state-level data to examine the effect of cellphone laws on fatal crashes in the United States between 2000 and 2010. The results presented in this article show that there is insufficient power to detect a reduction in overall fatal crash rates scaled by vehicle miles and population estimates. The authors did find that the ban of cellphone has significantly reduced the fatal crash rates of drivers in certain age groups. The effect of the laws was most pronounced among drivers between 18 and 34 years of age and there was no significant effect of the laws for drivers 55 years are older.


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  • Accession Number: 01494215
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 11 2013 1:13PM