Center for Injury Research and Prevention

distracted driving

Good Passengers and Not Good Passengers…

September 12, 2016
To better understand how teen drivers perceive peer passengers as safety risks, we conducted a series of focus group sessions with 30 newly licensed teen drivers ages 16 to 18. Read about the findings, which were recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

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Driving Change in Canada: #PracticeSafeText!

November 24, 2014
What Parachute was able to achieve in such a short time in building a movement is amazing and shows what can be done through network mobilization, collective action and national organization. Learn from their experience launching National Teen Driver Safety Week in Canada and how #PracticeSafeText! went viral.

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Drowsy Driving: The Impairment That Can Impact Anyone

June 12, 2014
Media attention, research dollars, and awareness campaigns often target distracted driving and drunk driving as serious impairments that can impact drivers of any age. Another type of driving impairment that receives less attention, but whose prevalence and consequences are also significant, has suddenly been thrust into the national spotlight through a recent crash involving actor Tracy Morgan. That impairment is drowsy driving.

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#DrivingSelfies, A Dangerous New Trend

May 1, 2014
#Selfies, when people take photos of themselves and share them via social media, have been widely used to promote a positive self-image, make others laugh, and brag a little when on vacation or somewhere wonderful with a “Guess Where I Am?” teaser. This is all in good fun. But when this trend is promoted as a cool behavior behind the wheel, fatal crashes can occur. In this post, we take stock of the trend's prevalence to help the teen driver safety community nip it in the bud.

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Why the Focus Should Be on “Engaged Driving” for Teens

March 30, 2014
While working with other auto safety researchers over the past year as part of a distracted driving panel organized by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) and State Farm®, I have been introduced to the term “engaged driving” and prefer it to the term “distracted driving.” I think it better describes what we want drivers to do to be safe.

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