While I have not read all the articles and literature published on the subject, I have reviewed some of it and I find it less than compelling. I would like to address what I see as some serious errors in scientific method that have been used to 'prove' that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous. Rather than make comments about the research in general, I thought it would be more compelling to address the specific issues in one of the touted studies. However, I believe this is representative of the issues with all the studies in this field of research.
An open letter to Dr. David L. Strayer and William A. Johnston regarding their paper, "Driven to Distraction: Dual-Task Studies of Simulated Driving and Conversing on a Cellular Telephone" (see http://www.psych.utah.edu/AppliedCognitionLab/PS-Reprint.pdf).
|Accidents per 100M vehicle miles traveled vs. Cell minutes used|
|Accidents per 100M vehicle miles traveled vs. Number of cell subscribers|
|Figrue 1 - Mean Reaction Time from the study|
|RMS Tracking Error from the study|