Redelmeier: Interesting Perspectives on Car Crash Statistics
Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:45 pm
August 31, 2010:NY Times Think the Answer’s Clear? Look Again
- Dr. Redelmeier (with Dr Tibshirani) were the first to study cellphones and automobile crashes. A paper they published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 1997 concluded that talking on a cellphone while driving was as dangerous as driving while intoxicated:
- * Found that about 25 more people die in crashes on presidential Election Days in the United States than the norm
* Found that there is a 41 percent relative increase in fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday, which he attributed to a combination of fatigue, distraction and alcohol.
* Wrote a study on the psychology around changing lanes in traffic:Why cars in the next lane seem to go faster