An estimated 80% of all crashes and 65% of near-crashes are preceded by driver inattention – most likely caused by cell phone use or drowsiness, says a National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. study. The research, which was 12 months in the making, tracked the behavior of 241 drivers using vehicles equipped with sensors and video cameras. Subjects logged nearly 2 million miles (3.2 million km), during which there occurred 82 crashes, 761 near-crashes and 8,295 critical incidents. “This ...

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