In 2003, researchers at a federal agency proposed a long-term study of 10,000 drivers to assess the safety risk posed by cellphone use behind the wheel.
They sought the study based on evidence that such multitasking was a serious and growing threat on America s roadways.
But such an ambitious study never happened. And the researchers agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, decided not to make public hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the use of phones by drivers - in part, officials say, because of concerns about angering Congress.
The New York Times, through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, has obtained the research from the Center for Auto Safety and Public Citizen, two consumer groups that acquired the large amount of data we present to you below:"Status Summary: Using Wireless Communication Devices While Driving"