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2015 Distracted Driving Items

Post by MSI » Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:22 pm

Seems other things have kept me distracted so i haven't kept up with this thread. Will start adding more in 2015!
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Re: 2015 Distracted Driving Items

Post by MSI » Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:30 pm

Did a quick search and found the following:
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Re: 2015 Distracted Driving Items

Post by MSI » Wed May 27, 2015 2:41 pm

Crashes Involving Cell Phones Challenges of Collecting and Reporting Reliable Crash Data
from the National Safety Council

from the report:
  • Findings
    • In 2011, only 52 percent of the fatal crashes reviewed by NSC were coded in FARS as involving cell phones. That means the involvement of cell phones was not included as a crash factor in about half of the crashesNSC reviewed.
      Driver admission of cell phone use is the most valid way to confirm a cell phone was involved. However, even when drivers admitted using cell
      phones, only 50 percent of fatal crashes reviewed were coded in FARS as involving a cell phone.
      Based on these findings, evidence indicates a substantial under-reporting of cell phone involvement in fatal crashes.
also from the report:
  • What is the scope of the problem?
    Currently there is no reliable method to accurately determine how many crashes involve cell phone use;
    therefore, it is impossible to know the true scope of the problem. There are many challenges to verifying that cell phone use was a contributing factor in a motor vehicle crash:
    • Police must often rely on drivers to admit to cell phone use. This is not possible when drivers are not forthcoming or are seriously injured or deceased.
    • Witness memories and statements may be inaccurate.
    • Police may not fully investigate cell phone use if it’s not a violation in their jurisdiction, if a more obvious violation such as speeding or lane departure is identified, or if a more serious violation is involved such as alcohol or other drug impairment
    • If cell phone use is identified as a contributing factor during the police investigation, or criminal or civil court cases, crash reports may not be updated.
    • Cell phone records can be difficult to obtain from wireless companies.
    • If cell phone records are obtained, data must align with the precise moment of the crash - a moment which is not always known.
    NHTSA has acknowledged that there are inherent limitations in the crash data, thus distraction factors are under-reported.
    The agency is taking steps to improve reporting,but change will take years. There are thousands of agencies involved in collecting and
    compiling data including local communities, state agencies and the federal government. As long as reliance on driver admission is a factor in collecting these data, national statistics and reports can never represent the true scope of the proble
see the full report
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