Seminar | April 2014
Seminar on the Impact of Distracted Driving and Sleepiness on Road Safety

15 April 2014
Paris La Défense, CNIT, Room Ampère

 

Programme (pdf)

Background

The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with 54 member countries. It acts as a strategic think thank with the objective of helping shape the transport policy agenda. Road safety is a core concern.

The Seminar will address two rising concerns which are the impact of distracted driving and sleepiness on road safety.

The use of mobile and on-board information and communications technology in vehicles raises serious concerns about their impact on driving performance in relation to road safety. They also impact the travel behaviour of non-motorised road users (cyclists and pedestrians). The rise in the use of such devices has been rapid and relatively recent. Policy responses differ between jurisdictions and recent developments make this is a good time to compare policies and take stock of the research on distraction and its impact on road safety.

Fatigue or sleepiness is also a growing concern in several ITF countries and often ranked as a major contributing factor in fatal and injury crashes. As distraction, it also poses problems for observation, monitoring and reporting.

Both sources of impairment will be examined at the seminar.

The Seminar will involve key stakeholders, including researchers, policy advisors, industry, police, user associations to highlight latest knowledge on these emerging road safety issues, and discuss forthcoming developments in regulation, vehicle and IT technology that have an impact on distraction and fatigue.

The Seminar will be held during the Transport Research Arena (TRA), which is the major European Conference for Transportation researchers.

Objectives and focus

The objectives of the Seminar are to discuss latest research work in ITF countries to better understand the impact of distraction and fatigue on driving performance and road safety and identify measures that can help in the short and longer term in mitigating the effects on crash occurrence.

In particular, the Seminar will examine to the following questions:

  • How to define and measure distracted driving and fatigue?
  • How to estimate the prevalence of distraction and fatigue while driving?
  • What are the effects of distraction and fatigue on driving performance and crash occurrence?
  • What are the characteristics of distracted drivers (gender, age, location ….) and fatigued drivers?
  • How to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of on-board and mobile technologies that distract but also provide services that relieve stress and avoid other sources of distraction?
  • What are the most effective measures to combat distracted driving? Is regulation the only approach, is it always enforceable?
  • What are the most effective measures to combat fatigue?


Participants

The objectives of the Seminar are to discuss latest research work in ITF countries to better understand the impact of distraction and fatigue on driving performance and road safety and identify measures that can help in the short and longer term in mitigating the effects on crash occurrence.


Registration and fee

If you wish to attend the seminar, please send an email to

Participants to the Seminar must be registered for the TRA conference, either for the whole duration of the TRA, or for one day only if they only want to attend the ITF/OECD Seminar.


Fee

Free of charge for persons registered for the TRA Conference.


Format

The seminar will include keynote presentations followed by dynamic discussion and exchange among participants.


Output

The conclusions of the Seminar with be summarised by ITF/OECD and released on the website.