Distracted Driving : Recent Data and Research - Webinar Recording Now Available

Last updated: 12-16-2019

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Distracted Driving : Recent Data and Research - Webinar Recording Now Available

CARSP and City of Calgary - Roads have joined to bring you a series of free webinars on a variety of topics focused on safety in transportation. This is part of CARSP's Knowledge Sharing Initiative.  Stay tuned for more webinars on other important road safety topics. Webinar Recording Now Available In CARSP Website Member Area (You need to login to the CARSP website to view the webinar) The use of cell phones while driving has become increasingly commonplace. As original equipment manufacturers race to implement integrated cellular technology into the vehicle, a growing body of research suggests links between increased use of technology and unsafe driving. Moreover, data from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation’s National Fatality Database suggests that distracted driving is an increasing road safety issue. Over the past 16 years, there has been a generally decreasing trend in non-distraction related fatalities, however this trend is not evident among distraction-related fatalities.  This presentation has two aims:  Present data about the magnitude and trends regarding the role of driver distraction in motor vehicle fatalities, as well as self-report data regarding attitudes about, and practices related to, distracted driving. Describe what drives distraction from a driver point of view, and what are the impacts of these distraction (from radio tuning to using navigation entry) on driving parameters as well as visual search and cognitive load. Presenter: Heather Woods-Fry, Ph.D.,is a research scientist with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), a charitable, independent road safety research institute. TIRF is a world leader in research, safety programs, and policy development.  Heather conducts research in various areas of road safety, such as drug-impaired driving, driver training and education, automated vehicles, older driver safety, and cyclist safety. She is fluent in both English and French, and has liaised with both national and international stakeholders. Some of her projects include the development of a web-based educational tool on drug-impaired driving, the realization of the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Framework Safety Center to help states strengthen young driver safety strategies, and the evaluation of BikeMaps.org, a mobile app using crowdsourcing for citizen mapping of bicycle crashes, near misses, and hazards. She has authored several peer-reviewed academic articles and co-authored reports and on a variety of road safety topics.  Before working at TIRF, Heather completed her graduate degree in the area of behavioural psychology, with a focus on driver safety. Her work included a three-phase driving simulator research program that was part of a part of a nationwide longitudinal study on older driver assessment. Presenter:  Martin Lavallière, Ph.D., is a professor of kinesiology at the Department of health sciences at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) since August 2016. Dr. Lavallière brings extensive knowledge in human motor control and learning and human movement analysis experience. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in kinesiology from Université Laval (Québec, Canada). During his Ph.D., his works aimed at evaluating whether an in-simulator-based training program combined with driving specific feedbacks can improve on-road driving behaviors in older drivers. He also evaluated the impact of a similar training with people who suffered from traumatic brain injury. He then completed a postdoctoral fellow at the MIT AgeLab from May 2013 to April 2015. While at the lab, his research focused on the impact on driving performance of aging, navigation and communication technologies and active safety system in vehicles. From May 2015 to July 2016, he completed a second postdoctoral fellow at HEC Montréal working on the impact road collisions have on workers. Since then, he has completed numerous projects working closely with emergency respondents and public safety agency to address this importance topic in health and safety. He currently served as a board member of the Quebec national board of road safety (RRSR), the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professional (CARSP) and on different ISO committees in regards to driving and human machine interface. Technical Difficulties(either during registering or during the webinar): ewan.macpherson@calgary.ca


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