Public Health Law Research Distracted Driving Laws Dataset, 2000-2011 (ICPSR 34551)

Published: May 7, 2013

Principal Investigator(s):
Temple University Beasley School of Law

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34551.v1

Version V1

Legal Dataset of State Provisions Regulating Use of Mobile Communication Devices by Drivers, as of April 1, 2012

This project compiled state and District of Columbia laws regulating the use of mobile communication devices (MCD) by individuals operating motor vehicles and coded some of the laws' features in a data file.

The data file contains information about prohibitions against talking or texting on a MCD for different groups of drivers:

  • 16 year old drivers with provisional or beginner licenses
  • All 16 year old drivers
  • 17 year old drivers with provisional or beginner licenses
  • All 17 year old drivers
  • 18 year old drivers with provisional or beginner licenses
  • All 18 year old drivers
  • All drivers with provisional or beginner licenses
  • All drivers

For each of these groups, the coded features include the date each provision against talking or texting on a MCD went into effect, whether there is hands-free exception to the prohibition, whether there is a primary or secondary method of enforcement, and the minimum and maximum fines for the first, second, and third violations. The data file is structured so that each record reflects the coded features of relevant law at a given month. Thus, every state and the District of Columbia has 144 records in the file, one for each month from January 2000 to December 2011.

A separate PDF file contains the text of the laws.

Temple University Beasley School of Law. Public Health Law Research Distracted Driving Laws Dataset, 2000-2011. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-05-07. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34551.v1

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2000 -- 2011

2009-05 -- 2009-09

2010-05 -- 2010-09

2011-05 -- 2011-09

The data file was created by staff at the National Program Office for Public Health Law Research.

Additional information is available on the Public Health Law Research Web site.

State provisions regulating the use of mobile communication devices by drivers, including the provisions of the District of Columbia.

2013-05-07

2013-05-07

2013-05-07 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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This study is maintained and distributed by the Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA). HMCA is the official data archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.