There have been many studies which show that driving whilst talking to someone on a phone is dangerous. Some studies compare it to a conversation with a passenger or driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.
Note that I will only link to reports which are free to read, any purchase or registration that is required will not be included.
- U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Traffic Safety Facts September 2010
- Fatal Distraction? A comparison of the cellphone driver and the drunk driver
- Cell phone use and motor vehicle collision a review of the studies
- Examining the impact of cell phone conversations on driving using meta-analytic techniques
- Driving distraction and crashes: an assessment of crash databases and review of the literature
- The role of driver distraction in traffic crashes
- An investigation of the safety implications of wireless communications in vehicles
- Dialing while fishtailing: how mobile phones, hands-free laws and driving conditions interact to affect traffic fatalities
- Regulating conversation during driving: a problem for mobile telephones?
- Passenger and cellphone conversations in simulated driving
- Examining the effect of driving experience on teenage driving ability with secondary tasks
- The effects of text messaging on young novice driver performance
- Driver distraction in commercial vehicle operations
- Mobile Phone Use: A Growing Problem of Driver Distraction
- The Risk of Using a Mobile Phone While Driving
I have tried to be fair with the research that I have linked to, if you are aware of any I have missed or if there are new ones, please contact me.