Behavioural adaptation to mobile phone legislation: Could there be unintended consequences of partial bans

Christina M Rudin-Brown, Kristie L Young, Michael G Lenne

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Abstract

Behavioural adaptation refers to unintended changes in behaviour that follow a change to the road transport system. Legal restrictions on handheld mobile phone use may inadvertently encourage some drivers to use more easily concealed forms of electronic communication, such as text-messaging. An observational mobile phone use survey was conducted of vehicles stopped at intersections in the state of Victoria, Australia. The survey aimed to quantify Melbourne drivers’ use of hand-held and hands-free phones, as well as their
engagement in a range of other non-driving activities that are associated with increased crash risk. Despite legislation prohibiting the use of handheld mobile phones while driving, a significant proportion of drivers (3.4%) were observed engaging in handheld mobile phone use, including text-messaging (1.5%). Conversely, only 1.4 percent of drivers were observed to be communicating via a legally allowed, hands free, device. While the observational survey was not designed to test the behavioural adaptation hypothesis, the results may suggest
this possibility; however, further research is required before this can be established.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFirst International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention
Place of PublicationGothenburg, Sweden
PublisherChalmers University of Technology
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventInternational Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention (DDI 2009) - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 28 Sep 200929 Sep 2009
Conference number: 1st
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Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention (DDI 2009)
Abbreviated titleDDI 2009
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period28/09/0929/09/09
Otherhttp://www.chalmers.se/safer/driverdistraction-en/about
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Rudin-Brown, C. M., Young, K. L., & Lenne, M. G. (2009). Behavioural adaptation to mobile phone legislation: Could there be unintended consequences of partial bans. In First International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention (pp. 1-12). [A64-P] Chalmers University of Technology.