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The New York Times is reporting that a long-term study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding the dangers of cell phone use while driving was suppressed for political reasons.
The 2003 study showed that the use of mobile communication devices while driving increases the risk of motor vehicle crashes and fatalities, and researchers concluded that “drivers [should] not use wireless communication devices, including text messaging systems, when driving, except in an emergency.”
Despite alleged urging by the study’s architects, officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided not to publicly release the study, reportedly in part because of concerns of angering Congress. The research was made public today after two consumer advocacy groups, under the Freedom of Information Act, filed suit for the documents.