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ID Number 2047
Study Type Epidemiology
Model Mobile phone use by automobile drivers and correlation with collisions

Data from drivers (n = 323,994) across the US was evaluated for safety while talking on mobile phones (n = 91 million calls, 276 million minutes) using hands free devices. Data from wireless safety systems (OnStar) that automatically placed an emergency call in the event of a collision was used to document collisions. The authors report 5.08 airbag deployments/crashes per 100 million driver minutes. Although not a statistically significant effect, there was a trend for less collisions with hands free communication than for no mobile phone conversations at all (OR =0.62; 95% CI 0.37 -1.05). The authors admit these results are not consistent with the large increase in crash risk reported in epidemiological studies using case-crossover methods.

Findings Not Applicable to Bioeffects
Status Completed With Publication
Principal Investigator Wayne State University, Detroit MI -
Funding Agency Private/Instit.
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  • Braver, ER et al. Risk Anal., (2009) 29:1069-(1 page)
  • Young, RA et al. Risk Anal., (2009) 29:1069-(1 page)
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