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Study finds distracted driving more dangerous in work zones

Distracted driving can be dangerous whether you’re on a busy Georgia highway or a rural road in your hometown. However, research from the University of Missouri has found that individuals who engage in distracted driving while in a work zone are 29 times more likely to be in a collision.

The study looked at work zone crashes from a different perspective

Traditionally, work zone crash research involved looking for information that could be gleaned from police reports, but information listed on a police report can’t provide more insight into what happened before a person entered a work zone. The research team from the University of Missouri was able to use data from the Naturalistic Driving Study to get a better understanding of how drivers contributed to accidents in these environments.

Policy changes might reduce the crash rate

There are a variety of actions that policymakers and drivers themselves might take to minimize the risk of a collision in a work zone. For instance, it may be a good idea to consider bans on texting or otherwise using a phone while driving. It may also be worthwhile to implement more education that discourages drivers from eating, drinking or talking to passengers while a car is in motion.

Increasing driver awareness could also be a worthwhile endeavor

Public education campaigns could help make drivers aware of the dangers of distracted driving. Such a campaign might point out that a car can drive the length of a football field in just five seconds while traveling at 55 miles per hour. That is roughly the amount of time it takes to glance down at a phone and read or send a text.

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