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Loud talking and horseplay in car results in more serious incidents for teen drivers
UNC Chapel Hill News ^ | Apr 17, 2014 | staff

Posted on 04/18/2014 12:46:52 PM PDT by bkopto

Adolescent drivers are often distracted by technology while they are driving, but loud conversations and horseplay between passengers appear more likely to result in a dangerous incident, according to a new study from the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.

The work, which appears online today in the Journal of Adolescent Health, not only reinforces the importance of North Carolina’s licensing system for newly minted drivers but also provides an interesting perspective on the role that technology plays in distracted driving.

“Forty three states currently restrict newly licensed drivers from having more than one young passenger in their vehicle,” said Robert Foss, senior research scientist at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and director of the Center for the Study of Young Drivers. “The results of this study illustrate the importance of such restrictions, which increase the safety of drivers, their passengers and others on the road by reducing the potential chaos that novice drivers experience.”

In their work, Foss and his colleague Arthur Goodwin recruited 52 North Carolina high-school age drivers to have in-vehicle cameras mounted in their cars and trucks to observe distracted driving behaviors and distracted conditions when teen drivers were behind the wheel. Young drivers were recorded in a variety of real-world driving situations over six months — with parents in the car, with other teens in the car and alone.

The study shows that young drivers were less likely to use cell phones and other technology (including in-vehicle systems, like the radio and temperature control) when there were passengers in the car with them. But having multiple passengers in the car more often led to more serious incidents. Teen drivers were six times more likely to have a serious incident when there was loud conversation in the vehicle — to the point of needing to make an evasive maneuver to avoid a crash — and three times more likely to have a serious incident when there was horseplay in the vehicle.

Another important finding is that actions the driver alone controls – reaching, texting, using a phone and eating — seem less likely to lead to a serious incident than things they can’t control, like how others in the car behave.

“This is why the limit of one teen passenger is important when teens are just learning to drive,” said Foss.


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1 posted on 04/18/2014 12:46:52 PM PDT by bkopto
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To: bkopto

There ought to be a law.


2 posted on 04/18/2014 12:48:47 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: bkopto

I get the distinct impression that the author doesn’t think teenagers are very responsible.


3 posted on 04/18/2014 12:54:41 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: bkopto

DUH! Award of the day goes to the author...


4 posted on 04/18/2014 12:54:53 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: bkopto

Wow...another hard hitting article plucked from the ‘Water is Wet’ file...


5 posted on 04/18/2014 12:56:15 PM PDT by Fedupwithit (It's far past time to make people start living with their idiotic decisions.)
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To: jsanders2001

They could’ve paid me several less million and I could have told them that!


6 posted on 04/18/2014 12:56:23 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: bkopto

That people spent time and money on something so stupidly obvious is incredible.


7 posted on 04/18/2014 12:56:43 PM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: bkopto

Sometimes I see a carload of youngsters grab@$$ing in a car, while the boom of the bass in their sound system rattles the fillings in my teeth. It is hard to decide whether to curse them or whisper a prayer that they survive the ride.


8 posted on 04/18/2014 12:58:22 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: bkopto

This is why my son’s first vehicle was a pickup truck.


9 posted on 04/18/2014 12:58:56 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: bkopto

“horseplay”? I haven’t heard that term for awhile. Is the author in his 90’s?


10 posted on 04/18/2014 1:02:40 PM PDT by albie
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To: bkopto

And in other news, researchers have determined that water is wet and fire is hot...


11 posted on 04/18/2014 1:03:24 PM PDT by gallandro1
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To: bkopto

Gees it has been the same since I was a teen in the ‘60s! We were crazy!


12 posted on 04/18/2014 1:07:24 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: andyk

I think in some States with graduated driver’s licenses there are restrictions on how many other crazed teenagers can also be in the car - 0 or 1.


13 posted on 04/18/2014 1:11:34 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: bkopto

My goodness.... how much money did this cost to find the obvious???


14 posted on 04/18/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: albie
There were shenanigans I tell ya!
15 posted on 04/18/2014 1:21:07 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: bkopto

When driving, TV and movie characters seem to keep their everywhere except on the road. Granted, they are being towed, rather than actually driving, but it sets a really bad example for impressionable viewers, which appears to be a lot of actual drivers.


16 posted on 04/18/2014 1:21:19 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: bkopto
Not that I'm proud of this, but as a youngster first driving it was not unusual to be driving down the road with a bunch of other kids...drinking...smoking...laughing.

Drunk and stoned.

You didn't even get in much trouble if you got caught, but it would screw up your weekend.

I'm so glad nobody got hurt.

I support laws that put scrutiny on these young drivers. My friends and I are lucky to be alive.

17 posted on 04/18/2014 1:23:06 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: bkopto

As the parent of several loud teenagers, I can conclusively say they are a huge distraction for me as well.


18 posted on 04/18/2014 1:23:10 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Paladin2
how many other crazed teenagers

LOL
19 posted on 04/18/2014 1:23:23 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: bkopto

***but loud conversations and horseplay between passengers appear more likely to result in a dangerous incident,***

No s#!t Sherlock! And how much taxpayer’s money did it take to come to this conclusion that everyone has known for the last 90 years?


20 posted on 04/18/2014 1:24:41 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: TigersEye

21 posted on 04/18/2014 1:30:47 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Mariner
"My friends and I are lucky to be alive. "

We all come from a long line of survivors. What are the odds of that?

22 posted on 04/18/2014 1:32:31 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: bkopto

It’s hard to believe that as a teen in Houston, I used to hang my six pack of beer off my outside mirror to keep it cooler, as I drove all over the city.

I think back to the activities of crawling from one car to another on the freeway, or changing front and back seats over the roof at 75 mph, or the blindfolded driver taking directions from the passenger, or two of us hooking arms on the roof and inside the windows, and the driving seeing if he could lose us, that was done both on city streets and the freeway. Constantly towing our broken down teenager cars with chains and drinking beer while doing it, the list goes on and on.

I would never had made it with today’s laws.


23 posted on 04/18/2014 1:34:47 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: Red_Devil 232

“Gees it has been the same since I was a teen in the ‘60s! We were crazy!”

I think it goes back further than that. A friend of miner’s Dad upset all the hoity toities in town for speeding through town with his wagon and team of horses.


24 posted on 04/18/2014 1:35:53 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

LOL


25 posted on 04/18/2014 1:49:01 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: bkopto

It used to be reaching out the window of a slow moving car and whacking a mailbox with a bat that was distracting to us.

Or, I mean, my friends....


26 posted on 04/18/2014 2:01:25 PM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: albie

““horseplay”? I haven’t heard that term for awhile. Is the author in his 90’s?”

maybe he didn’t know how to spell shenanigans! :)


27 posted on 04/18/2014 2:13:46 PM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: bkopto
If I would have told you twenty years ago that beginning in the year 2010, teenage drivers would be involved in fatal car crashes because they were distracted by sending telegraphed strings of text to one another through typing on miniscule QWERTY keyboards, you wouldn't have believed it.

Today, I'm here to tell you that in another twenty years, teenage drivers will be involved in fatal car crashes because they were masturbating with their pants down to streaming 3D video pornography projected on the inside of the windshield while the automatic driverless-car they were riding in inadvertantly drove over a cliff or smack-dab through a residential home, ejecting the body of the pants-less masturbator from the vehicle.

It'll happen with enough frequency that President Chelsea Clinton will sign an executive order to spend 120,000,000 Yuan on a national campaign to curtail driving while masturbating. Anyone our age giggling at the absurdity of it all will be regarded as an 'anti-Unisexist' prude.

Laugh now, believe me later.

28 posted on 04/18/2014 2:42:45 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: bkopto
I'll tell you wippersnapers a thing or two.

we had to drive to school 5 miles every day in rain and snow, with no power steering, no air conditioning and only AM radio with one speaker. And we liked it.

Why I'd have a Salem in one hand and a RC Cola in the other with Led Zep blasting out of the dash and four other guys yelling out the windows at the dolts who rode the bus..... we did hit that one house but it weren't our fault

29 posted on 04/18/2014 3:07:04 PM PDT by virgil283
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