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  1. #1
    UlrikeDG
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    Study links cell phone use to more car crashes


    Study: Car phone benefits equal car phone accident costs
    Cell phone industry doubts Harvard findings
    Monday, December 2, 2002 Posted: 6:50 AM EST (1150 GMT)
    www.cnn.com/2002/US/12/02...index.html

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers say increased cell phone use has led to more crashes caused by drivers on the phone, but the value people place on being able to call from the road roughly equals the accidents' cost.

    Opponents of banning cell phone usage by drivers have cited studies that showed the benefit of car calls outweighed the toll from such accidents -- medical bills and property damage, for example...

    ...Data on the number of crashes caused by cell phones is incomplete, said the study being released Monday by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. But it suggested that drivers talking on their phones are responsible for about 6 percent of U.S. auto accidents each year, killing an estimated 2,600 people and injuring 330,000 others...

    ...The Harvard study found that a cell phone user has about a 13 chances in 1 million of being killed in an accident while making a call; that compares with 49 in 1 million for someone driving without a seat belt.

    Other drivers and pedestrians have about four chances in 1 million of dying in an accident caused by a cell phone user, according to the study. Their chance of being killed by a drunken driver is more than four times as high -- 18 in a million...

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    Caviller
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