Distracted Driving Study

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a persons attention away from the primary task of driving. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about a University of Michigan study that looked at parents and distracted driving in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating

A recent study from the University of Michigan has produced some startling datathe majority of parents questioned in a survey admitted to distracted drivingeven with their children in the vehicle.

About 90 percent of parent drivers admitted to at least one of 10 major distractions they were asked about in the study, published by Academic Pediatrics.

Distractions surveyed include:

Non-driving related activities like eating, drinking, changing the music or personal grooming.

Cell phone-related activities like talking, texting or emailing.

Child-related activities like feeding and picking up dropped items, and

Direction-related activities like using navigation systems or reading directions.

About two-thirds of the parents surveyed said theyve talked on a cell phone while driving and 15 percent said theyve sent text messages while their child was in the car.

Researchers said they hope the study will promote efforts to discourage unsafe driver behavior as a way to increase child passenger safety.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.