Driver inattention is estimated to be a factor in between 20 to 50 percent of all police-reported crashes.
Studies have shown that cell phone drivers exhibited similar or greater impairment than intoxicated drivers.
- Driving while using a handsfree cellular device is not safer than using a hand held cell phone, as concluded by case-crossover studies.The increased "cognitive workload" involved in holding a conversation, not the use of hands, causes the increased risk.
- Text messaging had the greatest relative risk, with drivers being 23 times more likely to experience a safety-critical event when texting. A study conducted found that drivers typically take their eyes off the forward roadway for an average of four out of six seconds when texting, and an average of 4.6 out of the six seconds surrounding safety-critical events.
The best way to avoid accidents is NOT to use the mobile phone while driving. One effective and sure way to do this is to switch off the phone before embarking on your journey.