Journal article

Phone use and crashes while driving: a representative survey of drivers in two Australian states

Suzanne P McEvoy, Mark R Stevenson, Mark Woodward

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To explore the use and effects of using mobile phones while driving. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. SETTING: New South Wales and Western Australia, 20 October to 7 November 2003. PARTICIPANTS: 1347 licensed drivers aged 18 to 65 years. Data were weighted to reflect the corresponding driving population in each state. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Mobile phone use while driving (hand-held, hands-free and text messaging); adverse effects of use. RESULTS: While driving, an estimated 57.3% +/- 1.5% of drivers have ever used a mobile phone and 12.4% +/- 1.0% have written text messages. Men, younger drivers and metropolitan residents were more likely to use a phone while driving and to report ..

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