Seeking best practices in regulating use of electronic devices while driving

The Foundation's program, Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, was designed to build the evidence for public health law and policy, translate research findings into practical tools to increase the support for and use of law by policy makers and public health practitioners, and to translate findings to other fields and venues to improve and protect health.This study will evaluate the comparative effectiveness of state laws restricting use of electronic devices while driving in reducing fatalities on public roads and examine the interrelationship between distracted driving, alcohol consumption and state law. Deliverables include: (1) an issue brief that will go to all U.S. state legislators in the U.S., other policymakers and stakeholders through the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) at the University of Pennsylvania; (2) a more targeted engagement between the investigators, stakeholders, practice, and advocacy organizations to make sure that the research results inform state legislation related to distracted driving, cell phone use, and texting; (3) submission of results to key health policy, health law and public health journals; and (4) presentation of findings in the top national conferences on health policy and public health.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $147,780.00

Awarded on: 11/17/2011

Time frame: 11/15/2011 - 12/31/2012

Grant Number: 69663


University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health

3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, 76107-2699


Fernando A. Wilson
Project Director