Distraction and Fatigue

Trigoso, J., Areal, A., Pires, C.
European Survey of Road Users’ Safety Attitudes

This study measured the adverse road safety effects that distraction and fatigue can have on road users across Europe. The survey was conducted online using samples of at least, 1000 adult participants in seventeen European countries. Covering a range of subjects, the survey asked questions to gauge attitudes towards unsafe traffic behaviour, self-declared (unsafe) behaviour in traffic and support for road safety policy measures.

Results indicated that 61% of participants believed distracted driving had increased within the past two years. The majority (82%) of participants were aware that talking on a hand-held device increases the risk of a crash, and within the past 12 months 38% of participants stated they had talked on a hand-held device while driving. Results revealed that distracted driving behaviors were more prevalent among male drivers and decreased with age. Overall, the data showed that there was a high level of awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. In spite of this, risky road user behaviour persists across Europe, underscoring a need for additional educational programs and increased enforcement efforts.

Trigoso, J., Areal, A., & Pires, C. (2016). Distraction and fatigue (No. 3). ESRA thematic report.