Journal article

Potential Distractions and Unsafe Driving Behaviors Among Drivers of 1- to 12-Year-Old Children

Michelle L Macy, Patrick M Carter, Raymond Bingham, Rebecca M Cunningham, Gary L Freed

ACADEMIC PEDIATRICS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Driver distraction has been identified as a threat to individual drivers and public health. Motor vehicle collisions remain a leading cause of death for children, yet little is known about distractions among drivers of children. This study sought to characterize potential distractions among drivers of children. METHODS: A 2-site, cross-sectional, computerized survey of child passenger safety practices was conducted among adult drivers of 1- to 12-year-old children who presented for emergency care between October 2011 to May 2012. Drivers indicated the frequency with which they engaged in 10 potential distractions in the past month while driving with their child. Distractions were ..

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Grants

Awarded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


Awarded by University of Michigan Injury Center through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Awarded by EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT


Awarded by NATIONAL CENTER FOR INJURY PREVENTION AND CONTROL


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors appreciate the contributions of the research assistants involved in subject recruitment and data collection. The authors are also grateful to the patients and families and the ED staff at both the University of Michigan C. S. Mott Children's Hospital and the Hurley Medical Center who made this research possible. This research was supported by a grant from the Michigan Center for Advancing Safety Transportation throughout the Lifespan (MCASTL). Dr Macy received support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (K23 HD070913). Dr Cunningham received support from the University of Michigan Injury Center through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (R49CE002099).