This report was prepared under contract
Michael Goodman, Ph.D., The NHTSA Contracting Officer's Technical Representative and Project Technical Director
Frances D. Bents, Vice President and General Manager for Research, Science and Technology, Dynamic Science, Inc. (DSI), Principal Investigator
Louis Tijerina, Ph.D., Transportation Research Center
Walter Wierwille, Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Neil Lerner, Ph.D., COMSIS Corporation1
Denise Benel, COMSIS Corporation1
Many individuals and organizations contributed time and talent in the preparation of this document. Louise Woodruff of DSI provided administrative support including typing, layout and design, and graphic production. Mr. Robert Schaar and Mr. Daniel Katz conducted the focus groups and analyzed the responses. Mr. Schaar also performed the market survey.
COMSIS Corporation served as subcontractor for this
project. Mr. Geoffrey Steinberg and Ms. Debra Dekker of
COMSIS Corporation contributed to the critical analysis of
the human factors
The NHTSA Office of Chief Counsel and in particular, Ms. Heidi Coleman are acknowledged for their insightful comments and assistance in the legislative area. Mr.Yukio Shiosaka was helpful in translating and interpreting the results of the Japanese National Police study. Ms. Ellie Sylvan of Mobile Mark Communications Antennas provided information on European laws.
The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) was generous in supplying industry sales information and educational literature. Mr. Bill Hollars, Director, Accident Records Division, State of Oklahoma, Department of Public Safety was very accommodating in responding to our numerous requests for additional information. Mr. Rogers of the State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety likewise responded quickly to our requests for information. Several members of the California Highway Patrol shared both data and insight relating to cellular telephone use and emergency response.
The Motorola Cellular Subscriber Group contributed the results of their customer surveys as well as additional information which helped the authors to better interpret the data. The staff at the Library of Congress Research Service devoted many hours to searches for international laws and regulations.
Accolades also belong to the media. Mr. John Davis and the entire staff of Motorweek at Maryland Public Television were very generous in sharing their time. Prevention Magazine included questions relating to cellular telephone usage by drivers in their 1996 survey at the request of the NHTSA. The Pennysaver, weekly publication in Anne Arundel County, Maryland also published our survey questions as a public service. The Farmers' Almanac is acknowledged for graciously allowing the use of Mr. Nicholas Trott's quote at the beginning of this report. Ziff Davis Publishing, publishers of PCWeek, is acknowledged for contributing their copywrited materials included in Chapter 6, and the New York Daily News for the closing article in Chapter 6.
The crash statistics and focus group information are
based upon the excellent support provided by the law
enforcement community in the Maryland, Virginia and District
of Columbia region. Many thanks are extended to all those
who worked so hard in coordinating our requests, and
participating in the crash investigations and the
The supporting law enforcement agencies include:
The translation of international studies and regulations was performed by The Language Institute.
To those we have failed to mention, and to the many citizens who have shared their comments and concerns, we extend our gratitude.
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