CELLULAR PHONES AND DRIVING: WEIGHING THE RISKS AND BENEFITS
The cellular phone has quickly become part of the lives of millions of people. The growing concern about the safety issues involved has prompted several communities to enact laws banning the use of hand-held cellular phones while driving. AT&T Wireless Communications commissioned the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis to study the risks and benefits of cellular phones. The results of the study indicate that there is evidence that the use of hand-held cellular phones does contribute a risk factor. However, because of the lack of other research into this, it is difficult to assess how great the risk. Additionally, compared to other daily risks, the use of the cellular phone at the present rate poses no greater risk. And the risk of using cellular phones needs to be measured against the benefits provided to users, family members, health care professionals and businesses.
Harvard UniversitySchool of Public Health, Center for Risk analysis, 718 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA United States 02115-5924
- Publication Date: 2000-7
- Pagination: 6 p.
- Risk in Perspective
- Volume: 8
- Issue Number: 6
- Publisher: Harvard University
- TRT Terms: Benefits; Cellular telephones; Driving; Risk analysis; Risk assessment; Safety
- Subject Areas: Highways; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00796867
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Aug 28 2000 12:00AM