Driver Electronic Device Use in 2008

The percentage of drivers visibly manipulating hand-held devices has reached 1 percent while the hand-held cell phone use by drivers stood at 6 percent in 2008. This result is from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), which provides the only nationwide probability-based observed data on driver electronic device use in the United States. The NOPUS is conducted annually by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2008 hand-held cell phone use rate translates into 812,000 vehicles being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone at any given daylight moment. It also translates into an estimated 11 percent of the vehicles whose drivers were using some type of phone (hand-held or hands-free) in the typical daylight moment. Additional statistics on hand-held cell phone use are provided in this research note, including use according to age group, gender, type of vehicle driven, etc.


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  • Created Date: Oct 6 2009 9:35AM