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Wilson, F., & Stimpson, J.. (2010). Trends in Fatalities From Distracted Driving in the United States, 1999 to 2008. American Journal of Public Health, 100(11), 2213-9. Retrieved February 1, 2011 from ProQuest.


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Good day and welcome to BM! Please rate 5/5 for my ideas. I offer 500 words of my notes.

First, as you determine the purpose of the study, the authors, Wilson and Stimpson, aim to thoroughly explore how cell phone and texting usage trends strongly impacts the number of distracted driving fatalities.
Next, as you examine and describe participants, please note that age, race and gender issues were specific. For example, the study specifies how "Drivers in distracted fatal crashes were more likely to be male, White, non-Hispanic, and younger, but were less likely to have previous driving violations."

In terms of racial demographics, the study reveals how white drivers experienced a "72.9% in 2006 to 76.4% in 2008."

In terms of age demographics, the article also reveals that the percentage of distracted drivers ages 29 years and younger were targeted. As a result, "After 2003, this percentage increased, reaching 39% of distracted drivers in 2008."

The study also targets age by comparing drivers involved in nondistracted fatal crashes as "less likely to be younger than 30 years (32.8% vs 39.0% for distracted drivers), with an average age in ...

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"Trends in Fatalities From Distracted Driving in the United States" article is examined in terms of summary notes.