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Distracted Driving Teacher Sheet

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Introduction

These are some potential answers to the questions raised on the student sheet.


Discussion Questions about Science Updates

  1. Why do you think so many hands-free phone laws assume that holding the phone and dialing are the main distractions to drivers?
  2. What does Horowitz's research suggest is the key distraction to drivers on hands-free phones? How did the scientists reach this conclusion?
  3. Why would it be so hard to determine if talking with passengers resulted in more real-life traffic accidents?
  4. Consider the following statement: "Cell phones don't cause accidents. It's just that people who use cell phones a lot tend to be bad drivers." Does Sondhi's research support this claim? Why or why not?
  5. Consider the following statement: "People should be allowed to use only hands-free phones when driving." Does Sondhi's research support this claim? Why or why not?
  6. Do you think there should be any laws regulating the use of cell phones while driving? How far should they go? What kind of evidence do you feel is necessary to justify these laws?

(Answers to these questions will vary. Encourage students to explain their answers.)


Assessment Questions

    1. Who can tell me what a hazard is?
      A hazard is a situation that poses a level of threat to life, health, property, or environment.
    2. What are the two different types of hazards?
      Two types of hazards are natural, for example natural disasters (hurricanes or earthquakes), or human induced, such as a car accident.
    3. What percentage of all auto accidents do you think are caused by human-induced hazards?
      90-95% of all auto accidents are caused by human-induced hazards.
    4. Do scientists study hazards?
      Yes.
    5. What kind of hazard might occur because of a person’s behavior in a car?
      A car accident could occur as a result of a person’s behavior in a car.
    6. Is a cell phone a hazard in a car?
      A cell phone can be a hazard if it is used while a person is driving.
    7. What ways could using a cell phone be a hazard in a moving car?
      A cell phone could distract the driver from what is happening on the road.
    8. What did scientists learn about a hands-free cell phone versus a cell phone that you hold in a moving car?
      Scientists have learned that both kinds of cell phones distract drivers when they try to use them while they are driving.
    9. If you were the scientist studying cell-phone use in a car, what kinds of data might you try to gather?
      Answers will vary. Encourage students to explain their answers.
    10. What questions would you want to answer?
      Answers will vary. Encourage students to explain their answers.
This teacher sheet is a part of the Driving while Distracted lesson.

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