HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Hands-on or hands-free, using a cell phone while driving is not safe, researchers find

SANTA MONICA, CA -- Ninety percent of cell phone owners report that they use the phone while driving, according to a report published in 1999. Another report from 2003 indicates that cell phone distraction results in 2,600 deaths, 330,000 injuries, and 1.5 million instances of property damage in the United States each year. Can hands-free devices reduce accidents, fatalities, or damage? No, say human factors researchers published in a special driver distraction section in Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

In fact, if a hands-free device is not easy to use, a driver who uses it could be even more distracted than by simply holding the phone. Things could get worse: The next generation of communication technology -- such as wireless Internet, speech recognition systems, satelitte radio, and e-mail -- could be far more distracting for drivers, creating even greater risk on the road.

The recent controversy regarding cellular telephones and their effect on driving safety has generated public concern regarding the danger posed by these devices. Many state legislatures have responded with various proposals to restrict cell phone use while driving. But some of the laws proposed won't improve driver safety because they don't discourage hands-free phone use.

The debate surrounding new technologies in vehicles has indicated a substantial need for a better technical basis to support public policy. This, coupled with a recent surge of research in this area, motivated the special section of Human Factors (Volume 46, Number 4, Winter 2004).

The eight driver distraction special section papers show that

  • Cell phone conversations alone, without dialing or answering, change the way drivers see the world and make them more likely to miss traffic signs and other important information (see the special section papers by McPhee, Scialfa, Dennis, Ho, and Caird and by Atchley and Dressel).

  • Using
    '"/>


  • Contact: Lois Smith
    lois@hfes.org
    310-394-1811
    Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
    28-Jan-2005


    Page: 1 2

    Related medicine news :

    1. Hands-on cancer biology workshop for journalists
    2. Indiana University researchers closer to helping hearing-impaired using stem cells
    3. Tracking trends in cochlear implant complications using a federal database
    4. Tumor-targeted immune cells cure prostate cancer in mice without causing systemic immune suppression
    5. Over prescribing causing high rates of antibiotic resistance in south and east Europe
    6. Bone density returns when teens stop using Depo Provera, Group Health study finds
    7. University of Manchester makes made-to-measure skin and bones a reality using inkjet printers
    8. New study reveals treatment for silent killer using diet, not drugs
    9. Countrys first simplified maze using new ultrasound technology is done at Northwestern Memorial
    10. Size of myocardial infarct measured using MRI
    11. Researchers report early success using saliva to detect oral cancer

    Post Your Comments:
    (Date:8/28/2015)... ... August 28, 2015 , ... The 6th Annual Survivor in the City, ... added yet another accolade to its cadre of widespread support—an official letter of support ... help of the medical community and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of ...
    (Date:8/28/2015)... ... August 28, 2015 , ... “ Frequentz ” was featured on NewsWatch ... coolest applications on the market for iOS, Android, and Windows. Joe Toohey, the host ... this software allows businesses to track product movement from beginning to end. , Businesses ...
    (Date:8/28/2015)... ... August 28, 2015 , ... The Nashville Business ... veterans leading in business. Mr. Troy Mizell, Chairman of the Board at ... Business Journal's 2015 Veterans Awards will recognize Nashville military veterans who, through their ...
    (Date:8/28/2015)... ... ... The Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery is excited to bring patients the ... by the Food and Drug Administration to eliminate submental fat, also known as the ... are among the premier cosmetic surgeons in Rochester to offer this innovative procedure.     , ...
    (Date:8/28/2015)... ... August 28, 2015 , ... ... for those seeking to go deep sea diving. The act of recreational ... decompression sickness; for these reasons, it is vital that all recreational and professional ...
    Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Chicago Mayor Pens Official Support of Annual Survivor in the City Event Benefitting Brain Aneurysm Foundation 2Health News:Chicago Mayor Pens Official Support of Annual Survivor in the City Event Benefitting Brain Aneurysm Foundation 3Health News:Track Product Movement from Beginning to End with Frequentz 2Health News:MyGenetx Board Member Receives Veterans Award 2Health News:Non-surgical Treatment to Get Rid of The "Double Chin," Kybella™, Now Available at the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery 2Health News:Non-surgical Treatment to Get Rid of The "Double Chin," Kybella™, Now Available at the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery 3Health News:Healthpointe Now Offering Scuba Physicals 2
    (Date:8/28/2015)... 28, 2015 Research and ... the "Investigation Report on China,s Ranibizumab Market, 2012-2019" ... Novartis, ranibizumab was approved by CFDA to treat wet ... Lucentis, a product of Novartis, is available in the ... self- developed drug for the treatment of wet AMD ...
    (Date:8/28/2015)... Aug. 28, 2015  Perrigo Company plc ("Perrigo") (NYSE: ... completed the acquisition of leading OTC brands from GSK ... The transaction is a clear demonstration of Perrigo,s unique ... European distribution network spanning 36 countries.  ... commented, "We are excited to complete this transaction, ...
    (Date:8/28/2015)... , August 28, 2015 The ... Livestock (Pork/Swine, Poultry, Ruminant, and Aquaculture), & by Region ( ... Asia-Pacific , and Rest of the World) ... The global market for Eubiotics was valued at USD 4.62 ... Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 7.4% from 2015 ...
    Breaking Medicine Technology:Investigation Report on China's Ranibizumab Market, 2012-2019 2Perrigo Completes Acquisition of Leading Portfolio of OTC Brands from GSK 2Perrigo Completes Acquisition of Leading Portfolio of OTC Brands from GSK 3Perrigo Completes Acquisition of Leading Portfolio of OTC Brands from GSK 4Eubiotics Market Worth 7.05 Billion USD by 2020 2Eubiotics Market Worth 7.05 Billion USD by 2020 3Eubiotics Market Worth 7.05 Billion USD by 2020 4Eubiotics Market Worth 7.05 Billion USD by 2020 5
    Cached News: