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Findings from University of Calgary Update Knowledge of Risk Management (A meta-analysis of the effects of texting on driving)

September 12, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Investigators publish new report on Risk Management. According to news reporting originating from Calgary, Canada, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Text messaging while driving is considered dangerous and known to produce injuries and fatalities. However, the effects of text messaging on driving performance have not been synthesized or summarily estimated."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Calgary, "All available experimental studies that measured the effects of text messaging on driving were identified through database searches using variants of 'driving' and 'texting' without restriction on year of publication through March 2014. Of the 1476 abstracts reviewed, 82 met general inclusion criteria. Of these, 28 studies were found to sufficiently compare reading or typing text messages while driving with a control or baseline condition. Independent variables (text-messaging tasks) were coded as typing, reading, or a combination of both. Dependent variables included eye movements, stimulus detection, reaction time, collisions, lane positioning, speed and headway. Statistics were extracted from studies to compute effect sizes (re). A total sample of 977 participants from 28 experimental studies yielded 234 effect size estimates of the relationships among independent and dependent variables. Typing and reading text messages while driving adversely affected eye movements, stimulus detection, reaction time, collisions, lane positioning, speed and headway. Typing text messages alone produced similar decrements as typing and reading, whereas reading alone had smaller decrements over fewer dependent variables. Typing and reading text messages affects drivers' capability to adequately direct attention to the roadway, respond to important traffic events, control a vehicle within a lane and maintain speed and headway. This meta-analysis provides convergent evidence that texting compromises the safety of the driver, passengers and other road users."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Combined efforts, including legislation, enforcement, blocking technologies, parent modeling, social media, social norms and education, will be required to prevent continued deaths and injuries from texting and driving."

For more information on this research see: A meta-analysis of the effects of texting on driving. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;71():311-318. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Accident Analysis and Prevention - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/336)

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J.K. Caird, University of Calgary, Haskayne Sch Business, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada. Additional authors for this research include K.A. Johnston, C.R. Wiliness, M. Asbridge and P. Steel.

Keywords for this news article include: Calgary, Alberta, Canada, North and Central America, Risk Management

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