Hands on Wheel, Eyes on Road Campaign

Distracted driving is a major source of crashes in the U.S. and the State of Maryland. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (2016) reported that 10% of fatal crashes, 18% of injury crashes, and 16% of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes were reported as distraction-affected crashes. Drivers between 21 and 29 are the most cell phone users and the most distracted drivers. In this study, an educational video clip of the effect of distraction on driving is produced and distributed widely in high schools and colleges in Maryland as well as through the Internet and social media. The video will show the effect of distractions on driving performance using a driving simulator and an eye-tracking system. Morgan State University owns two advanced, computer-based driving simulators that will be utilized in this campaign. The simulator visualizes roads, bridges, ramps, roadside objects, three-dimensional trees and buildings, and so on and provides a fairly realistic environment for drivers. An eye-tracking system tracks and records the eye and head movements of drivers, while driving the simulator. Utilizing an eye tracking system with the driving simulator would allow the PI to record eye movement along with speed, lane changing, crashes, and near-crashes.


    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $10125
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Maryland Department of Transportation

      707 N. Calvert Street
      Baltimore, MD  United States  21202

      U.S. Department of Transportation

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Urban Mobility and Equity Center

      Morgan State University
      Baltimore, MD  United States  21251
    • Project Managers:

      Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

    • Performing Organizations:

      Urban Mobility and Equity Center

      Morgan State University
      Baltimore, MD  United States  21251
    • Principal Investigators:

      Jeihani, Mansoureh

    • Start Date: 20171001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
    • Actual Completion Date: 20180930
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01653374
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Urban Mobility and Equity Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A43551747123
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Dec 12 2017 9:49AM