Associations between sleep quality and distracted driving: exploratory results from the Enhanced Crash Investigation Study (ECIS) control data

Amanda Stephens, Michael Fitzharris, Mike Lenné, ECIS Study Team

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The ECIS is an ongoing multi-disciplinary case-control in-depth crash investigation study that seeks to understand the factors associated with serious injury crashes in Victoria. Data are collected from injured drivers and later from uninjured (control) drivers passing through crash locations. Sleeping patterns and engagement in activities whilst driving are captured. Results from 233 drivers suggest that the most common potentially distracting activities reported by drivers are talking with passengers (20% of the sample) and adjusting the radio (12% of the sample). However, the tasks drivers engage in differ according to the quality of a driver’s sleep and whether other passengers are in the vehicle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference
Subtitle of host publication6 – 8 September, Canberra, Australia
EditorsAnn Williamson, Raphael Grzebieta
Place of PublicationPearce ACT Australia
PublisherAustralasian College of Road Safety
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAustralasian Road Safety Conference 2016: Agility, Innovation, IMPACT! - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 6 Sept 20168 Sept 2016


ConferenceAustralasian Road Safety Conference 2016
Abbreviated titleACRS 2016
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