Coffee and Conversation III – February 25, 2019


What Do We Mean by Distracted Driving?


Justin Owens
Research Scientist, Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute


Both the general public and traffic safety professionals widely agree that distracted driving is a major problem on our roadways. The problem becomes more complex, however, when we begin to ask what we really mean by distraction. In this session, we grappled with times of distraction, durations of distractions, the ubiquity of technology, and just how distracted we all really are while on the road.


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