Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Driver distractions high in school zones: study

A high number of drivers are distracted by cell phones or other electronic devices in school zones, findings from a new national report show.

Researchers from Washington D.C. based Safe Kids USA conducted roadside observations of drivers in active school zones at 20 middle schools located in 15 states. Of the 41,426 cars observed traveling through an active school zone, 1 out of every 6 drivers was distracted by cell phones and about 10 percent were observed using handheld electronics.

Additional findings show that for every 1,000 female drivers, 187 were distracted, and for every 1,000 male drivers, 154 were distracted. The report concluded that both male and female drivers had high distraction rates.

Source: National Safety Council

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