Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

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Roberta Lessor


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report distracted driving is a “problem on the rise” with increasing numbers injuries and deaths each year. More than 9 people are killed each day while more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. Specifically, the number one killer of adolescents (ages 15-24) is automobile related deaths due to distracted driving. One of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving is texting while driving because it combines all three types of distraction: visual, manual, and cognitive. Texting and driving is a growing public safety hazard as seen through media and public service announcements. As health science students, we wanted to find out if college students text and drive along with their opinions behind the issue. Overall, the aim of the study was to examine if distracted driving is viewed as merely one manifestation of distracted living. After analyzing our results, it was concluded that this research needs to be continued in order to investigate the integrated pattern regarding the use of electronic devices, social media, and distraction.


Presented at the Fall 2014 Undergraduate Student Research Day at Chapman University.