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Distracted Driving: What Research Shows and What States Can Do

Published 2011

Produced with funding from State Farm®, this report reviews and summarizes distracted driving research for states as they consider distracted driving countermeasures.

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It includes discussion on: what distracted driving is; how often drivers are distracted; how it impacts driver performance and crash risk; what countermeasures may be most effective; and what states can do to reduce distracted driving.

The report outlines the some distracted driving certainties, concludes that states should absolutely undertake four specific countermeasures, and also lists countermeasures that states should consider.

Special thanks to State Farm® for the financial support that allowed this report to be published.

Printed copies of the publication will be sent to every GHSA Member and Associate Member. A limited number of print copies remain. To request one, email

The views and recommendations in this report do not necessarily reflect those of State Farm®.