Concern is mounting about the effects of phone use and texting while driving.
December 10, 2015
Study provides new window on distraction
An IIHS analysis of data from a large naturalistic driving study provides new evidence that cellphones and other distractions raise the odds of a crash.
March 31, 2015
Drivers eat and talk more at red lights
Drivers engage in distracting behaviors in all types of situations, but many seem to save the most demanding activities for red lights.
March 3, 2015
Voice systems can reduce distraction
Using voice commands to make calls and perform other tasks helps drivers keep their eyes on the road, but it doesn't eliminate visual distraction completely.
October 24, 2014
Searching for answers on distraction
A new study by IIHS and Virginia Tech helps clarify the risk of cellphone use behind the wheel and offers insight into other distracting behaviors that drivers engage in.
The self-correcting nature of science
IIHS and HLDI President Adrian Lund describes how our understanding of the problem of distracted driving is evolving.
Cellphones aren't the only distractions
Cellphones have become synonymous with distracted driving, but driver distraction was an issue long before they came along.
Bans reduce phone use but not crashes
Even with strong enforcement, bans on handheld phone use and texting aren't reducing crashes reported to insurers, a new HLDI analysis shows.
December 2, 2010
Drivers admit to risky habits in survey
Drivers sat texting while driving, speeding and running red lights are dangerous but admit to doing them anyway.
September 28, 2010
Texting bans don't cut crashes
A HLDI study of insurance claims finds that outlawing texting by drivers hasn't cut crashes.
February 27, 2010
Cellphone use, crash rates don't match
Phone use by drivers is up, but crashes aren't. More research is needed to figure out why this risky practice hasn't affected crash rates.
Driver phone use is widespread
An Institute survey finds that large numbers of drivers talk on the phone and text even in challenging driving conditions.
Cellphone bans don't reduce crashes
Collision claims don't decrease after states enact driver cellphone bans, a new HLDI study finds.
High-tech options to curb distraction
Technology can be distracting, but some forms can help prevent distraction.
October 13, 2009
Effects of cellphone bans vary
Cellphone bans can have lasting effects on driver behavior, new research shows, but the safety impact isn't clear.
October 22, 2008
More states ban texting by drivers
Seven states and the District of Columbia now prohibit drivers from texting while behind the wheel.
September 9, 2008
Survey finds high rates of distraction
A Nationwide Insurance survey finds 4 out of 5 cellphone owners say they drive distracted.
June 9, 2008
N.C. teens ignore cellphone ban
A law prohibiting teenagers from using a cellphone while driving has the support of teens and their parents, but that hasn't kept teen drivers from violating it.
January 28, 2006
Driver cell phone use increases
Drivers are increasingly using the phone while driving. Meanwhile, research is making the risks of such behavior clear.
July 16, 2005
Phone use increases injury crash risk
An Institute study using driver cell phone records has found that injury crashes are 4 times as likely when drivers have been using phones.
Driver phone use falls after D.C. ban
Institute researchers find fewer drivers using phones following the District of Columbia's ban, but experience elsewhere shows the rate may creep up again.
February 7, 2004
In other highway safety news…
Deaths of older motorcyclists rise in Germany; North Carolina court rules red light cameras are constitutional; drivers using phones are less likely to buckle up.
August 26, 2003
N.Y. cell phone ban effects don't last
Once the publicity surrounding New York's ban on hand-held phone use behind the wheel dropped off, drivers went back to their old habits.
August 17, 2002
Driver cellphone use drops with N.Y. law
The percentage of drivers using handheld phones dropped by more than half after New York passed a law against it.
Cell phone risk is hard to pin down
It seems intuitive that talking on a phone while driving would be a bad idea, but is it worse than other distractions? Real-world data on the subject is hard to come by.
Cell phone bills in state legislatures
Lawmakers in at least 22 states have considered bills to prohibit hand-held phone use while driving. Bills to ban all phone use were introduced in eight other states.
March 22, 1997
Cellular phones quadruple crash risk when in use
June 3, 1995
Risky drivers are different, have more violations on their records
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