In-Car Cell Phone Use and Hazard Following Hands Free Legislation

The aims of this study were two-fold: (1) to assess, by Gallup poll, the impact of the legislation regarding mandatory use of hands free devices on overall phone use while driving, use of handheld phones while driving, and involvement in phone related hazards and (2) to provide field data of observed mobile phone in Finland immediately after the law went into effect and one year later. The results of the legislation clearly showed that the reductions in risk were not maintained a year after the legislation went into effect. Finnish drivers in this study self reported a significant increase in their handheld phone use one year after the law went into effect. The data also suggested that the hands free legislation did not reduce reported involvement of drivers in phone related hazards, even though the primary purpose of the legislation was to promote safety by cutting an additional activity that was thought to make controlling the car more difficult. These findings are in line with earlier findings suggesting that hands free equipment may not offer essential safety advantages over handheld units.

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    • Rajalin, Sirpa
    • Summala, Heikki
    • Poeysti, Leena
    • Anteroinen, Pasi
    • Porter, Bryan E
  • Publication Date: 2005-9


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  • Accession Number: 01004127
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 19 2005 5:47PM