Dr. Barbara Banz and DrivSim Lab Faculty Present Research at 42nd Annual RSA Scientific Meeting
Abstracts Published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Volume 43, Issue S1; June 2019 Pages: 54A (Abstract 110); 135A (Abstract 433 and 434); 195A (Abstract 675) Abstract 110: RELATING RECENT BINGE-DRINKING AND FREQUENT DRINKING SYMPTOMS TO NEURAL RESPONSES OF SECONDARY TASK ENGAGEMENT IN DRIVING SIMULATION IN A YOUNG ADULT POPULATION Conclusions: These data show significant relationships for recent binge drinking and frequent drinking symptoms with attentional processing which may translate to limitations in performing secondary task engagement during driving simulation. Our brain-based data offer insight into a contextual setting where attentional faculties are critical for safety. These data hold important implications for distracted driving and crash risks among sober young drivers with a history of heavy drinking.
Preliminary Estimates: Motor Vehicle Deaths Projected to Dip Below 40,000 for First Time Since 2015
Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate the four-year upward trend in motor vehicle deaths that began in 2015 is ebbing, with the number of fatalities in the first six months of 2019 dropping 3% compared to the same six-month period in 2018. An estimated 18,580 people died on U.S. roadways between January and June of this year, compared to the Council’s revised estimate of 19,060 during the same period last year. An additional 2.1 million people are estimated to have sustained serious crash-related injuries during the first six months of 2018 – a 1% drop from 2018 six-month projections.Source: National Safety Council - In the News Room
How to keep teen drivers’ eyes on the road, and their fingers off the keyboard
Most of us know that using our phones while driving is bad, yet a lot of us do it anyway. I’m guilty myself, much too often. So are a lot of teenagers, who are still inexperienced on the road. About 60 percent of teen car crashes involve distracted driving.Source: WHYY.org
Click It or Ticket: Day and Night
During the Memorial Day holiday, about 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide will be out on the roads from May 20 through June 2 to remind drivers and passengers to buckle their seat belts. The annual Click It or Ticket campaign aims at enforcing seat belt use to help keep travelers safe as they drive to their summer destinations.Source: Click It or Ticket: Day and Night: Seat Belts Save Lives
Yale's DrivSim Lab accelerates research on distracted driving
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - When it comes to distracted driving simulators, the DrivSim Lab at Yale pushes the boundaries of realism. The set up consists of an actual car surrounded by a panoramic screen with the driver hooked up to 120 electrodes. The electrodes let the researchers collect data from along the scalp to the base of the neck line, measuring and collecting brain data during the critical milliseconds between distraction and reaction. Inside the simulator, it can be surprising how quickly a life saving decision needs to be made if a car were to suddenly pull out in front of the driver.Source: News 8 WTNH.com
Risky phone use while driving is soaring, and it's killing Americans, IIHS study finds
Americans are using their phones in riskier ways while driving, worsening the nation's crash crisis, according to a new report. Although overall cellphone use on the road is down, drivers were “observed manipulating their phones” 57 percent more often in 2018 than they were in 2014, according to research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.Source: USA Today
Holiday Driving May Cost 860 Americans their Lives
The National Safety Council urges drivers to be extra vigilant as they travel to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. NSC estimates 422 people may be killed and 48,100 may be seriously injured in car crashes during the upcoming Christmas holiday period.Source: Cision PR Newswire
Utah to Begin Enforcing Strictest D.U.I. Law in Country
In Utah, ringing in 2019 may include one less call for alcohol. Just before New Year’s Eve, the state will begin enforcing the strictest drunken-driving regulation in the country when it officially lowers the allowable blood-alcohol content limit to .05. The move comes as the Utah authorities report an average of 30 D.U.I. arrests every day and as states nationwide struggle to prevent the deaths of motorists.Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, via Associated Press
Teen see, teen do — study finds that parents are modeling bad driving behaviors
A new national study found that 37 percent of parents of teen drivers use apps while driving, which is almost at the same rate of teens at 38 percent. The study by Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance also found that parents admit to speeding, driving while tired and even taking selfies behind the wheel at similar or higher rates than teenagers.Source: Chicago Tribune
How to tell if a driver is high?
For the past 30 years, police departments in New York have relied on drug recognition experts, officers with special training to help them determine whether a driver is under the influence of marijuana or narcotics. There are now more than 250 such experts in New York.Source: The Hamilton Spectator
Dr. Barbara Banz Wins Award at 1st Annual Yale University Post-Doc Research Symposium
Barbara Banz, PhD, the Department of Emergency Medicine’s (DEM) DrivSim Lab Post-Doctoral Associate, was awarded “Outstanding Oral Presentation” for her presentation at the First Annual Yale University Postdoc Symposium held on Friday, June 8th.
For Many Strokes, There’s an Effective Treatment. Why Aren’t Some Doctors Offering It?
Dr. Christopher Lewandowski, principal investigator of a clinical trial that found an effective treatment for stroke. Two decades later, he still finds himself explaining the data to doubters in the medical community.Source: New York Times