TIRF is pleased to announce the release of the research bulletin, Driver Distraction and Hands-Free Texting While Driving. Distracted driving has become a source of growing concern among governments, road safety researchers and the public in the past decade. In particular, texting while driving has been recognized as a significant source of distraction.
The research bulletin looks at the causes of distraction, the importance of the source of distraction, the risk of and prevalence associated with distracted driving, and the role hands-free texting plays in distracted driving. It makes the case that, based upon evidence to date about distraction, there is cause for concern and support for countermeasures directly focused on hands-free texting while driving, particularly in relation to young drivers.
Included in the bulletin is new research from surveys and studies released recently by leading research and road safety agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS) and TIRF.
TIRF would like to thank Advanced Drivers Education Products and Training, Inc. (ADEPT) for making this bulletin possible.