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dc.contributor.advisorRangarajan, Nandhini
dc.contributor.authorRoper, Jacob ( )
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-26T20:26:44Z
dc.date.available2017-05-26T20:26:44Z
dc.date.issued2017-05en_US
dc.identifier.citationRoper, J. (2017). A study of the effectiveness of the hands-free ordinance in San Antonio, Texas. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/6626
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this research is to explain whether or not the city San Antonio, Texas' Hands-Free ordinance has had an effect on reducing motor vehicle collisions. Explaining the effect, or lack thereof, could help administrators understand the implications of such a law that is aimed at reducing cellphone use related vehicle collisions. Method: This study utilizes an interrupted time series approach where monthly accident rates was the dependent variable. Vehicle accidents attributed to cellphone use for the years 2014 and 2016 were collected for San Antonio and Dallas. Dallas was the control city which has similar population size, and does not prohibit phone usage while driving. Furthermore, this study controls for factors such as precipitation and temperature. Results: The results of time series analysis showed that San Antonio's Hands-Free law did not have any significant impact on the reduction of motor vehicle collisions attributed to cellphone usage. In contrast, the results showed an increase in vehicle collisions in San Antonio as well as Dallas, during the years of 2014 & 2016. Conclusion: Since the City of San Antonio's hands-free law did not have the intended effects in reducing motor vehicle collisions, this suggests that drivers are failing to comply with the law, or engaging in more discreet, but less safe mobile device use while driving. Potential reasons for the ineffectiveness of this law are discussed.en_US
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dc.format.extent33 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.sourceAn Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 2017.
dc.subjectExplanatoryen_US
dc.subjectSan Antonioen_US
dc.subjectDistracteden_US
dc.subjectDrivingen_US
dc.subjectTexasen_US
dc.subjectEffectivenessen_US
dc.titleA Study of the Effectiveness of the Hands-Free Ordinance in San Antonio, Texasen_US
txstate.documenttypeResearch Reporten_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTajalli, Hassan
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMora, Sherri
txstate.departmentPolitical Science


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