UW|360 February 2014 - Texting and Driving

March 10, 2014

In Washington State’s first study to examine driver use of electronic devices, UW investigators saw that more than 8 percent of drivers were engaging with such devices behind the wheel, higher than previously estimated. Among those driving distracted, nearly half (45 percent) were observed texting These findings suggest that distracted driving is more common than we thought and that texting has become a major cause of distraction,” said Dr. Beth Ebel, principal investigator with UW Medicine’s Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and UW associate professor of pediatrics.