By: Allan M. Siegel
A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is drawing national
attention to distracted driving among US teens. The study - released just
in time for April's Distracted Driving Awareness Month - shows video
recordings of distracted teens moments before they are involved in car
Here are a few details about the study:
- Researchers compiled and analyzed over 6,000 videos from cameras installed
in vehicles driven by teens. These videos provided researchers with a
view of drivers and a view of outside roadway conditions from over 1,700
teenage car accidents.
The Foundation determined that distraction played a role in
close to 60 percent of moderate to severe auto accidents. This is roughly 4 times the rate
previously suggested by police reports.
- According to researchers, distractions ranged from adjusting radios and
selecting music to text messaging, talking on cellphones, and personal
grooming. The most common form of distraction was talking to passengers
in the vehicle.
Researchers are using the study to remind teens and parents about the dangers
of distracted driving - which accounts for thousands of preventable injuries
and deaths each year. Thanks to a video compilation showing teens being
involved in distraction-affected crashes, the study has gained national
Watch the video below to see recordings from the study:
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