Driver Electronic Device Use in 2012

May 6, 2014

Driver Electronic Device Use in 2012 (PDF)
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The percentage of drivers text-messaging or visibly manip – ulating hand-held devices increased from 1.3 percent in 2011 to 1.5 percent in 2012; however, this was not a statistically significant increase. Driver hand-held cell phone use remained unchanged at 5 percent in 2012 (Figure 1). These results are from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), which provides the only nation – wide probability-based observed data on driver electronic device use in the United States. The NOPUS is conducted annually by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2012 NOPUS found that hand-held cell phone use continued to be higher among female drivers than male drivers (Figure 2). It also found that hand-held cell phone use continued to be highest among 16- to 24-year-olds and lowest among drivers 70 and older (Figure 3).

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