AAA releases distracted driving study

(08/06/03) CARLE PLACE - According to a study released by AAA, drivers do a lot more than just drive when they're behind the wheel.

AAA's study says almost everyone fiddles with the radio and most people have distracting conversations with passengers. The study also says 97 percent lean over to reach something and 30 percent talk on their cell phones while the vehicle is moving.

Researchers placed miniature cameras in 70 cars for one week, then studied the tapes to see what people do while driving. They found that on average, drivers are distracted 16 percent of the time.

The federal government and the Governors Highway Safety Association have asked states to start recording whether distraction played a role in accidents.

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