Cell Phone Distractions

Drive and talk?

A 2003 Harvard study estimated that cell phone distractions caused 330,000 accidents which resulted in moderate or severe injuries.

A 2010 study in The American Journal of Public Health showed texting alone caused more than 16,000 fatalities between 2002 and 2007.

Many states include a category for cell phone/electronic equipment distraction on police accident report forms. Recently proposed federal legislation would require states to collect this data in order to qualify for certain federal funding.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHAS) has posted an on-line chart showing what states are and are not doing with regard to cell phone use by drivers. How do other states compare with Iowa with regard to reporting and restrictions? See the GHSA chart here.