Mobile phones and driving - the UK perspective on government policy
by Rob Tunbridge
International Journal of Vehicle Design (IJVD), Vol. 26, No. 1, 2001

Abstract: Although there are clear benefits in having mobile phones available in vehicles, there are also potential disbenefits from a safety viewpoint. These have been demonstrated in laboratory situations, in simulators and the road environment. Epidemiological studies also suggest that distraction effects while using a phone can contribute to accidents. The potential benefits of having a phone available in a vehicle, e.g. summoning assistance in the event of a breakdown or alerting emergency services to an incident, must be weighed against the potential risks from a driver using a phone, either hand-held or hands-free, when controlling the vehicle. This paper provides as overview and summary of current GB policy on the use of mobile phones when driving.

Online publication date: Fri, 15-Aug-2003

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