May 27th, 2015|
UAB researchers have published the results of a study showing 32.7% of drivers are driving distracted. The authors of the study, “The Prevalence of Distraction among Passenger Vehicle Drivers: A Roadside Observational Approach,” accomplished the task of identifying distracted drivers exactly as the title says: the researchers stationed themselves at intersections and observed people passing. The study claims to have observed 3,265 drivers. Of those observed 31.4% were talking on their phone, 20.4% were driving with external-vehicle distractions, and 16.6% were texting or dialing a phone.
Female drivers were observed talking on the phone at a much higher rate than men, and men were more likely than women to be distracted by external-vehicle activity. The National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) has estimated that in the U.S. at any given minute of daylight, there are 660,000 drivers using electronic devices while driving.
The study can be found at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15389588.2014.916797#.VOyhSPnF-qk?