Distracted Driving

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Use the resources on the Distracted Driving student esheet <http://sciencenetlinks.com/esheets/distracted-driving/> to answer these questions:

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  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?

Distracted Driving Research

  1. Use the resources on the Distracted Driving esheet to help you answer these questions. Be sure to cite all sources where data and other information came from directly after the statements. You will share this information with your class.
  2. What is the definition of distracted driving?
  3. What are the three main types of distracted driving and give an example of each?
  4. What is inattentional blindness and how does it affect drivers? Give an example.
  5. How many accidents are caused each year by distracted driving? How many fatalities?
  6. Why are teenagers more likely to be distracted drivers than adults?
  7. What is a financial consequence of teens’ distracted and other dangerous driving?
  8. Distracted driving is sometimes compared to drunk driving. Tell us why.
  9. Find and identify the states that have passed laws against distracted driving. Choose one state and list the fines, penalties, and when the legislation passed.

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