Strategies to Address Misreporting of Impaired and Distracted Driving in Motor Vehicle Crashes

Misreporting of certain behaviors in crash data, specifically alcohol and/or drug-impaired driving and distracted driving, may result in problematic predictive model estimations. Under/overreporting of impaired and distracted driving also has the potential to impact other areas that rely on reported crash data, such as drug recognition expert (DRE) training, high-visibility enforcement, where to employ saturation patrols, existing laws on cell phone use, and marijuana legislation.

With the growth of multidisciplinary datasets, research is needed to investigate the extent impaired and distracted driving have been under or over reported in crash data, and the potential negative impacts of such misreporting on driver behavior related crash analysis.

The objectives of this research are to develop procedures to assess the existence and extent of under/over reporting of impaired and distracted driving in crash data, and to propose a methodology to improve the reporting of impaired and distracted driving in motor vehicle crashes.

A series of workshops will be planned to demonstrate the application of the methodology, how it was developed, and assist states with facilitating this effort on their own.

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Research Status
Research Underway
Research Topic
Alcohol-impaired driving
Drug-impaired driving
Distracted-Driving
Research Year
2022