Cell Phone Use in the Car Still a Problem

Two West Virginia University researchers say efforts to get people to stop messing with cell phones in the car is having little effect. Jeffrey Coben and Motao Zhu reported their conclusions in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Coben is interim dean of the WVU School of Public Health. Research shows the number of injuries and fatalities caused by cell phone use while driving has increased by 22 percent between 2005 and 2009. They think the problem will continue to get worse, despite efforts to stop distracted driving. The researches did urge for new technology, that could perhaps disable hand-held devices when vehicles are in motion.