What is distracted driving? How often are drivers distracted? How does distraction impacts driver performance and crash risk? What countermeasures may be most effective and what can states do to reduce distracted driving? In an effort to answer these questions, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)—with a grant from State Farm—released a comprehensive overview summarizing distracted driving research.

The report, “Distracted Driving: What Research Shows and What States Can Do," draws many conclusions, one being that experimental studies show conclusively that distractions of all types affect performance on tasks related to driving, but experimental studies cannot predict what effect various distractions have on crash risk.

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