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Is Driving with a Cell Phone Worse than Drunk Driving?

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Are you curious to know if driving with a cell phone is worse than driving while intoxicated? This science project will help you find out! Participants will ride a bicycle while talking on a cell phone, while intoxicated, and while sober. The number of roadside cones knocked down will be recorded and compared.


The hypothesis is that riding a bicycle using a cell phone is more dangerous than riding while intoxicated.

Method & Materials

You will prepare a cycling course in a car park, assign 10 participants a number, and have them cycle the course one person at a time. You will also have them navigate the course while talking on a cell phone, and while intoxicated.
You will need an unused section of the car park, 10 male participants aged 20 and above, 40 roadside cones, 3 dozen cans of beer, 2 cell phones with hands-free earpieces, 1 bicycle, 1 breath analyzer, and 1 measuring tape (at least 20 meters long).


The results show that using the cell phone while riding a bicycle leads to a slightly higher incidence of knocking down roadside cones, compared to riding whilst intoxicated. The hypothesis that using a cell phone while riding is more dangerous than riding whilst intoxicated is proven to be true.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it compares the dangers of driving while using a cell phone and while intoxicated. It also shows that using hands-free devices is just as much a distraction as hand-held phones.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include having the participants eat or drink while cycling, and comparing the performance between male and female participants, whilst using their cellphones or whilst intoxicated.

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