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Texting While Driving. 2 Studies. Attitudes and Beliefs. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Poll (2501 drivers surveyed) 95% said it was unacceptable behavior 87% said it was a “very serious safety threat” [90% thought the same of drunk driving]

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Texting While Driving

2 Studies


Attitudes and Beliefs

  • AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Poll (2501 drivers surveyed)

    • 95% said it was unacceptable behavior

    • 87% said it was a “very serious safety threat” [90% thought the same of drunk driving]

    • 21% admitted to having texted or emailed recently while driving


One Subject: Robert Smith [recent college graduate 22]

  • “It’s convenient [rather text than take time on a phone call]”

  • “I put the phone on top of the steering wheel and text with both thumbs. . . . Sometimes I’ll look up and realize there is a car sitting there and swerve around it”

  • “I’m pretty sure that someday it is going to come back to bite me”


Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Study

  • Ss were 200 drivers who took turns driving 55 long-haul trucks involving 7 companies

  • Trucks were outfitted with 5 cameras each to detect texting

    • 1 facing the road

    • 2 on side mirrors

    • 1 focused on the dashboard (from over the shoulder)

    • 1 focused on the driver’s face

  • Software was installed to detect severe and sudden decelerations as a measure of crashes and near crashes


Results

  • 21 crashes

  • 197 near crashes (“imminent collision narrowly avoided”)

  • 3,000 near crashes not imminent

  • 1,200 unintended lane deviations

  • Texting while driving increases collision risk 23X over driving while not texting


Laboratory ResearchUniversity of Utah

  • Data were gathered in 2008 and 2009

  • Ss were college students using sophisticated driving simulators


Results

  • While texting students showed an 8X greater crash risk than when not texting


Laws

  • As of August 2009 only 14 states make texting while driving illegal


Accidents Involving Multiple Deaths Because of Texting

  • CA train crash

  • Boston trolley car crash

  • DC Metro crash?


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