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Distracted Driving Among Newly Licensed Teen Drivers
This study, which follows "The Transition to Unsupervised Driving," used video data to specifically investigate the frequency and nature of distracted driving among newly-licensed teen drivers. This provided the first quantitative estimates of the prevalence of the many distracted driving behaviors thought to be problematice for young drivers. Among the findings were that female teens are twice as likely as males to use electronic devices while driving, but that males are more likely to carry multiple passengers and turn around in their seats while driving. Horseplay and loud conversations were found to be particularly associated with risk of serious incidents and high g-force events.