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Cell phone talking doesn't result in what many expect

 

In the March 2011 issue of Roundel, page 29, in the upper right column, there was a reference to a new study that suggests that those "who talk on their cell phones while driving may be safer drivers. Saurabh Bhargava of the University of Chicago and Vikram Pathania of the London School of Economics culled data on 440,000 California drivers over eleven days and found no significant increase in crashes from those drivers using their cells."

Among the theories that they offered were that drivers using their cell phone may be more cautious because they know that the conversations could be a potential distraction, and that "lousy and unsafe drivers talking on cell phones may be lousy, unsafe drivers all the time."

This doesn't explain the impact of using hands-free in traffic safety.

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"lousy and unsafe drivers talking on cell phones may be lousy, unsafe drivers all the time."
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IMHO, Roundel should have also reported

The paper on which its report was based was published in 2007. You can read the abstract or download the full paper at http://ideas.repec.org/p/reg/wpaper/549.html.

Too much water under the bridge.

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In addition

selfruler wrote:

The paper on which its report was based was published in 2007. You can read the abstract or download the full paper at http://ideas.repec.org/p/reg/wpaper/549.html.

Too much water under the bridge.

Thanks for checking but I will add something.

The study was written in 2007 but the data analyzed was from 2000 to 2005. That makes the use of such a study today extremely "selective" and most likely totally wrong.

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