Thursday, January 2, 2014

Dialing While Driving Increases Odds of Crashes and Near Crashes, NEJM Study Finds

Posted By on Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 3:26 PM

  • New England Journal of Medicine

Idaho proponents of driver awareness now have data to back up their wariness of drivers who talk on phones or text while behind the wheel. A New England Journal of Medicine study released Jan. 2 indicates that dialing while driving is the most dangerous thing you can do while behind the wheel.

According to the study, dialing in the driver's seat made novice drivers 8.32 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle crash or near crash. Experienced drivers were 2.49 percent more likely to be involved in a similar event while dialing. 

By comparison, texting or using the Internet made novice drivers 3.87 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near crash. Not enough experienced drivers used text messaging or the Internet in their cars enough to make a dent in the data.

In Idaho, texting or using text input on a phone while driving is illegal, and punishable by a $81.50 fine, but not dialing a phone while driving. 

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