Cell Phone Engagement Behaviors of Newly Licensed Adolescents in a Driving Simulator Study


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Although cell phones are a common factor in crashes among adolescents, little is known about the context of their use. Contributed to by PISC Senior Scholar Catherine C. McDonald and current Advisory Board member Flaura Winston, this study explored various stimuli like taking pictures on cell phones, seeing an incoming text, incoming calls, and being shown a picture by a passenger. The study found no differences among males and females on behaviors or velocity but that some were willing to use cell phones at elevated velocities, indicating that further work is needed to identify and understand how these factors influence crash risk.

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