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Title:Self-Regulation and Distraction
Principal Investigators:David Sanbonmatsu and David Strayer
University:University of Utah
Grant #:DTRT13-G-UTC38 (MAP21)
Project #:MPC-467
Keywords:behavior, cellular telephones, crash risk forecasting, distraction, epidemiology, impaired drivers, instrumented vehicles


We believe an important next step is to examine the actual traffic and weather conditions under which drivers use cell phones and the impact of cell phone use and other distractions in favorable as opposed to unfavorable driving environments. We speculate that drivers may attempt to reduce the risk of an accident by regulating the use of cell phones. Specifically, many drivers may limit cell phone usage in adverse driving conditions characterized by slick roads, limited visibility, or heavy traffic.

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