Educating Teenage Drivers in the Pacific Northwest Regarding the Dangers of Distracted Driving (Phase I)
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The goal of this outreach project was to examine driver distraction among teenagers in the Pacific Northwest. Specifically, to identify secondary tasks they consider distracting and determine their self-reported engagement in those same secondary tasks while driving. A presentation was developed and administered to 1400 teenage drivers (approximately 500 participants in each of the three states Washington, Idaho, and Oregon). Of those participants, 1009 teenage drivers responded to a pre- and post-knowledge survey administered immediately before and two weeks after the presentation. The purpose of the survey was to measure the degree to which the demonstration improved teenage driver perspectives regarding the hazards of distracted driving. Results indicated that the presentation positively influence teenage driver perspectives regarding the dangers of distracted driving.