Warrendale, Pa. (PRWEB) May 10, 2013
It is estimated that, in the United States, around 20 percent of all Police-reported road crashes involve driver distraction as a contributing factor. This figure increases if other forms of inattention are considered. A new book from SAE International and Ashgate Publishing Company explores the definition and meaning of driver distraction and inattention, the mechanisms that characterize them, the measurement of their effects, strategies for mitigating their effects, and recommendations for further research.
“Driver Distraction and Inattention: Advances in Research and Countermeasures, Vol. 1,” which is authored by Michael A. Regan, Trent W. Victor and John D. Lee, looks to inspire further research and countermeasure development to prevent and mitigate the potentially adverse effects of driver distraction and driver inattention, and, in doing so, to save lives.
Evidence (reviewed in this volume) suggests that the situation is similar in other countries and that driver distraction and inattention are even more dangerous as contributing factors in crashes than drug and alcohol intoxication.
Having a solid evidence-base from which to develop injury countermeasures is a cornerstone of road-safety management. This book adds to the accumulating evidence-base on driver distraction and inattention, throughout its 24 chapters written by 52 authors from 10 countries.
Michael A. Regan is with the University of New South Wales, Australia and also works as an Adjunct Professor with Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden; Dr. T.W. Victor is a Senior Specialist in Safety Analysis and Human Factors at Volvo Technology, a research and innovation company in the Volvo Group; and Professor Lee is the Emerson Electric faculty in the department of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For more information, including free front and back matter, or to order “Driver Distraction and Inattention: Advances in Research and Countermeasures, Vol. 1,” visit http://books.sae.org/book-jp-ash-001/.
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