Mobile phones and driving

S Johal, F Napier, J Britt-Compton, Timothy Marshall

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    Prior to the introduction of legislation in the United Kingdom, observational road-side studies showed that approximately 2 per cent of drivers use a mobile phone while driving. We studied the change in the usage rate of hand-held mobile phones from 10 weeks before to 10 weeks after the legislation came into force in December 2003. Across three different sites during the evening rush-hour, the usage rate changed from 1.85 to 0.97 per cent, a reduction of almost half. This change is attributed to the legislation. The effect of the legislation on accident and injury rates is unknown.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)112-113
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of Public Health Medicine
    Issue number1
    Early online date6 Jan 2005
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2005


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