Navigation Links
Distracted Driving May Be Rising Despite State Laws
Date:6/10/2011

FRIDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- More than 300,000 car accidents each year in the United States are the result of distracted driving due to texting, talking or otherwise operating a mobile device, yet driver use of these devices seems to be increasing, researchers warn.

Troubling statistics such as this one have prompted lawmakers in 39 states as well as Washington D.C. to pass laws regulating the use of cellphones and other "smart" devices while driving. A new study from Temple University revealed, however, that these laws and their penalties vary greatly in content and effectiveness.

The study, published in the June issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, investigated distracted driving laws passed between 1992 and 2010, and found they varied greatly from state to state based on the following criteria:

  • Type of mobile device (cellphones, laptops, tablet computers)
  • Categories of drivers (by age or by driving permit type)
  • Types or locations of mobile device use.

In compiling and comparing this legislation, the researchers found that they could ultimately pinpoint the provisions within a given law that make it particularly effective. This could help reduce the number of distracted driving accidents and save lives, the study authors said.

"We know that distracted driving is dangerous, yet despite the diffusion of distracted driving laws, there is evidence that driver use of mobile devices is increasing," the study's lead author, Jennifer Ibrahim, an assistant professor of public health in the College of Health Professions and Social Work, said in a Temple University news release. "Our study is the first step toward understanding which laws really do reduce distracted driving, and thus can reduce related crashes and associated injuries and fatalities."

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides statistics on distracted driving.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Temple University, news release, June 8, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Some Brains Easily Distracted by Rewarding Stimuli
2. Temple-led study finds widening gap between distracted driving and legislation
3. Driving Skills Do Ebb With Age: Study
4. Single bioptic telescope for low vision driving may not obscure road view of second eye
5. Doctors should evaluate liver disease patients for cognitive impairment, address driving safety
6. Driving simulators help older adults improve their road skills
7. Driving a Bad Idea for People Wearing a Cast, Brace: Experts
8. 40 Million in U.S. Driving Drunk or Drugged
9. Multifocal Contact Lens Not Ideal for Night Driving
10. Multifocal contact lenses may reduce vision for night driving
11. Poverty Driving HIVs Spread Among Urban Heterosexuals: Report
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Distracted Driving May Be Rising Despite State Laws
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... Foundation, the national charitable foundation serving the footwear industry, has broken all previous ... more than 130 companies across 23 states during the months of April and ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... Awakening , announces the addition Onnit brand Alpha BRAIN and New Mood Daily-Stress ... Onnit brain and mood optimization products to the store is just one more ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... On Tuesday, April 26, ... the Southeast, celebrated the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal on SB 258, the “Rural ... (R - Cumming), offers a 70% tax credit to individuals and corporations which donate ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... and author of best seller "LOVE, MEDICINE and MIRACLES") addresses touchy topics related ... 2016 and podcasted thereafter . Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of a plethora ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... 5K Run/Walk” at Cove Island Park on Sunday, with sunny skies, a light breeze ... event, raising nearly $33,000. , The 5k Run and Walk and 1-mile ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... on the development of oral drug delivery systems, announced today ... conference, presented by Joseph Gunnar & Co. LLC, ... York . Nadav Kidron , CEO of Oramed, ... Presentation Details:   PIONEERS 2016, presented by ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... New market research titled ... report that provides an overview of the Osteoarthritis,s ... identifying new targets and MOAs to produce first-in-class ... in this H1 2016 Osteoarthritis Pipeline report include ... Abiogen Pharma S.p.A., Ablynx NV, Achelios Therapeutics, Inc., ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... April 27, 2016   ... Growth in Recurring Consumable Sales  Clinical sales ... Kea Technologies (Euronext: MKEA, OTCQX: MKEAY) inventor of Cellvizio®, ... sales for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 ... execution of its commercial strategy. First Quarter ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: