Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
The VTTI or Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has become known as one of the primary research sources tied to distracted driving. The institute serves as the largest research center at Virginia Tech University. Their work focuses on research tied to all different types and forms of transportation. The goal of the institute is to save lives, money and time in the transportation field over the long term. This is done by continuing efforts such as the use of cutting edge technology, tools, and strategies to analyze transportation issues.
As the VTTI has grown over the years, so has the issue of distracted driving, especially in the United States. With distractions becoming a major transportation issue, the VTTI has conducted several ground breaking research methods and gathered top level results in the process. The statistics and research gathered by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute over the years on distracted driving has been sourced by numerous other agencies and government leaders in efforts to enact laws in the United States.
In 2009, the VTTI released one of the most sourced research studies relating to distracted driving. This collection of studies ranged from large scale to small scale, including the help of cutting edge camera technology and instruments to find a better understanding of distracted driving. The studies combined to show a number of staggering results.
Among the results of the research, a number of different revelations were concluded about distracted driving incidents. For automobiles, it was found that dialing a cell phone made risk of a crash increase by nearly three times over. It was also found that talking or even listening on a phone would increase the risk of accident by nearly 1.5 times over. The studies found similar results for distractions with drivers of trucks and heavy vehicles.
The VTTI has also done research relating to texting and hands free devices as well, finding many trends in their conclusions over the years. In one research study, it was found that texting behind the wheel would increase risk of a crash by 23 times. In regards to hands free devices, the VTTI found a controversial statistic in showing that the use of a headset is not substantially safer than the use of a handheld mobile device.