11/20/2018 11:21:00 AM
Source: Business Insurance
|Highlighting the increase in distracted driving fatalities and injuries, The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business revealed the impact that modifying road design can have on reducing frequency and severity of distracted driving crashes.|
The findings, released Monday, found that the length of a roadway segment or number of lanes had a negative impact on the frequency of distracted driving crashes and that roundabouts had a significant effect on reducing severity of crashes.
Road environments that have a median or a shoulder with an asphalt pavement were also found to have fewer distracted driving crashes, researchers found.
Other key findings included:
This study helps to highlight that there is a need to improve traffic safety and road management,” Phil Renaud, executive director of the Columbus-based institute, said in a statement. “It provides new evidence that supports taking steps to improve traffic signs and safety regulations for distracted driving in specific areas. There are things we can do on a local, city level to lower crash frequencies and severities.”