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

Stephens, A, Fitzharris, M, Lenne, M G

Fatigue & Distraction

ARSC conference 2016

EXTENDED ABSTRACT: 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.