Oregon Finds Few "Hang Up And Drive"

Apr 11, 2016

Do you get the impression that a LOT of people are texting on their cell phones will driving?  Your impression is correct, according to a study of distracted driving commissioned by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and run by Southern Oregon University.

ODOT publication in Southern Oregon pulls no punches on texting and driving.
Credit ODOT "Moving Ahead"

Three-quarters of the people surveyed admitted to driving distracted while alone in their vehicles, with cell phones being the chief distraction. 

And the SAME survey respondents, 84 percent of them, said they feel uncomfortable riding in a car when the driver is distracted. 

The road ahead for ODOT is to engage partners to change behind-the-wheel behavior. 

ODOT's Tom Fuller and some of the student researchers from SOU join us to talk next steps.