2005 International Conference on Distracted Driving

Conference Summary and Recommendations

International Conference on Distracted Driving: Summary of Proceedings and RecommendationsEnglish (418K PDF)
April 2006


Agenda

Welcoming comments

David Flewelling, President, Canadian Automobile Association

Dr. Herb Simpson, President and CEO, Traffic Injury Research Foundation

Opening remarks

Honourable Harinder Takhar, Minister of Transportation for Ontario

What is Distracted Driving?

A context-setting panel on the definition of distracted driving (what it is and what it is not), the types of distractions, how we determine their safety importance, a description of  the “human factors” mechanisms through which distractions influence the capacity for the safe operation of the vehicle.

 

Speakers:

    Dr. Leo Tasca, Team Leader, Special Projects, Road Safety Program Office, Ontario Ministry of Transportation

    Dr. Alison Smiley, President, Human Factors North
    Dr. Herb Simpson, President and CEO, Traffic Injury Research Foundation

How risky is Distracted Driving – OVERBLOWN OR UNDERSTATED?

This panel session will review what various research approaches -- self reports, collision studies, observational studies, and experimental research -- tell us about the magnitude of the problem of distracted driving.

Speakers:

    Dr. Doug Beirness, Vice President, Research, Traffic Injury Research Foundation

    Dr. Jane Stutts, Associate Director for Social and Behavioral Research, Highway Safety Research Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Dr. David Strayer, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Utah
    Ms. Sheila Garness Klauer, Senior Research Associate, Center for Human Factors Research, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
    Dr. François Bellavance, Director, Transportation Safety Laboratory, HEC Montréal and CRT

WORKSHOPS on RISKS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING

Parallel workshops with directed questions/issues to pursue what is known and not known about the problem (limitations of current knowledge), why it is so difficult to obtain reliable estimates of the size of the problem, what needs to be done to rectify this (research needs, including the types of primary data that need to be collected, and improvements in the quality of secondary data).

Workshops on Awareness and Educational Programs for Dealing with Distracted Driving

There will not be a panel session on this topic; delegates will go directly to parallel workshops.  Each workshop leader/moderator will be provided with a background report to introduce the issue describing what is known about these approaches for addressing the problem of distracted driving.  Workshops will address issues related to the potential benefits and limitations of such approaches, where efforts are most required, the need for evaluation, and best practices.

TECHNOLOGY AND DISTRACTED DRIVING 

This panel will focus on distractions caused by technology and on efforts that have been made (or are needed) to assess and reduce the negative impact of distractions caused by current and planned “in-vehicle technology” (including after-market).  It will also consider technology that can prevent the consequences of distraction.

Speakers: 

    Dr. Peter Burns, Chief, Ergonomics and Crash Avoidance (ASFBA), Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation, Transport Canada

    Dr. Andrew Parkes, Chief Research Scientist, Behaviour and Simulation, Transport Research Laboratory, United Kingdom
    Dr. David W. Eby, Research Associate Professor and Head, Social and Behavioral Analysis, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

    Mr. Robert "Mike" Gardner, Director of Motorola Intelligent Systems Research Lab and Fellow of Technical Staff, Motorola

WORKSHOPS ON TECHNOLOGICAL APPROACHES

Parallel workshops to consider the benefits and limitations of such approaches and identify priority needs.

LEGISLATION, REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT FOR DEALING WITH DISTRACTED DRIVING 

An international review of legislative and regulatory approaches for dealing with distracted driving; evaluations of the impact of such measures; enforcement issues; and public attitudes toward the issue.

Speakers:

    Dr. Jean Wilson, Manager, Road Safety Research, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

    Mr. Matt Sundeen, Program Principal, Transportation, National Conference of State Legislatures
    Mr. Ward Vanlaar, Head of Research, Behaviour and Policy Department, Belgian Road Safety Institute

    Dr. Anne McCartt, Vice President, Research, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
    Mr. Rod Booth, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

    Dr. Christina Rudin-Brown, Human Factors Specialist, Ergonomics and Crash Avoidance Division (ASFBA), Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation, Transport Canada
    Mr. Jeff Walker, Senior Vice President, Decima Research

WORKSHOPS ON LEGISLATION, REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT

Parallel workshops to consider the benefits and limitations of such approaches, to determine what legislation, if any, is needed, and to identify priority issues.
WORKSHOPS ON WHERE WE GO FROM HERE -- PRIORITY NEEDS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Parallel workshops to identify the most critical next steps that need to be taken in dealing with the issue of distracted driving, and who should take them. 

CONFERENCE SYNOPSIS

Summary of general conclusions and consensus emerging from the conference.

Speaker:

Dr. Jim Hedlund, President, Highway Safety North