Exploring the prevalence of in-vehicle distraction in moving traffic: a pilot study
Keywords: Distraction & Inattention
Submission Date: 2019
Video from four locations around Adelaide was examined to code distracted behaviours of drivers moving in traffic. A total of 920 drivers were observed of whom 8.9% were engaged in one of 16 in-vehicle behaviors that were classified as a distraction. The more significant driver distractions included using mobile phones (2.5%), holding an object (1.8%) and eating or drinking (1.5%) while driving. This pilot study demonstrates that there is camera technology suitable for observing distracted driving behaviour among drivers in moving traffic on public roads in South Australia, which could potentially be deployed for a larger, more representative study.