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The cell phone effect on pedestrian fatalities

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  • Loeb, Peter D.
  • Clarke, William A.

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This paper examines the impact of cell phone usage on pedestrian fatalities in the United States using econometric models and specification error tests. The model makes use of a polynomial specification so as to allow for potential life-saving and life-taking effects of cell phones. The results indicate that when cell phones were first introduced they had an adverse effect on pedestrian safety, but after a critical number of cell phones was reached, the life-saving effect dominated over the life-taking effect. However, as the number of phones continued to increase, the life-taking effect once again dominated over the life-saving effects.

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  • Loeb, Peter D. & Clarke, William A., 2009. "The cell phone effect on pedestrian fatalities," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 45(1), pages 284-290, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:45:y:2009:i:1:p:284-290
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    1. Fowles, Richard & Loeb, Peter D. & Clarke, Wm., 2013. "The cell phone effect on truck accidents: A specification error approach," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 18-28.

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