Journal article

Handheld mobile telephone use among Melbourne drivers

David McD Taylor, Catherine E MacBean, Atandrila Das, Reizal Mohd Rosli

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate change in handheld mobile telephone (mobile) use among motor vehicle drivers between 2002 and 2006. DESIGN AND SETTING: Observational study of motor vehicle drivers at three times (10:00-11:00; 14:00-15:00; 17:00-18:00) on three consecutive Tuesdays in October 2006 at 12 highway sites in metropolitan Melbourne. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Rates of handheld mobile use overall and by the sex and age of drivers, highway site (major metropolitan road, central business district, freeway exit ramp) and time of day. RESULTS: In 2002, 315 of 17 023, and in 2006, 331 of 20 207 drivers were observed using handheld mobiles. This represented a non-significant rate decrease from 18.5 to..

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