Driver Distraction: What Does the Data Say? (Fleet Safety)

November 11
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Susan Soccolich
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI)

Vesna Brajkovic
Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine

We all know that driver distraction is a dangerous problem, but how exactly is inattention affecting unsafe events, near crashes, and crashes? Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) will present results from a recent study of commercial motor vehicles that analyzed incidences using video and sensor data. The results are collated by type, time, and frequency of behaviors before these dangerous events, including cell phone use (handheld and handsfree), drowsiness, other in-cab distractions, and external events. The study also reveals how commercial vehicle drivers responded behaviorally to onboard monitoring systems (OMBS) and coaching after these triggered events. Armed with this data, attendees will have a better understanding of how to mitigate risks in their fleets.  

Moderator: Vesna Brajkovic, Managing Editor, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and 

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