The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hosted a one-day forum on distracted driving behaviors. Forum panels discussed current research and ongoing efforts to reduce distraction related accidents.
Along with NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman and all five NTSB Board Members, expert panelists included safety advocacy groups, vehicle manufacturers, law enforcement, government, and the research community.
In the opening panel, Chairman Hersman remarked on combating distracted driving. Next, a panel dissected all the elements that distract drivers inside a car, and the danger of new electronic devices.
The second panel looked back at a recent NTSB summit about state perspectives on distracted driving.
In the third panel, experts examined people’s attitudes about distracted driving. They stated that adults views are changing for the better, but that among teens, distracted driving continues to be the leading cause of death.
The final session talked about the new technology being developed to help drivers keep their attention on the road.