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Written by Ryan Gray   
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 14:18

A new survey analyzing the distracted behaviors of transit drivers that could be of interest to school bus operators and school bus drivers as well.

DriveCam, a global driver risk management company based in San Diego, performed a study of 20,000 transit drivers nationwide between June 2009 and June 2010 and found that hand-held cell phone usage and eating and/or drinking while driving came in No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on the list of most distracting behaviors.

The study, the latest in DriveCam's ongoing "Driving Insights" series, suggests that drivers who were involved in one or more collisions are two times more likely to be regularly distracted by hand-held cell phones. Meanwhile, the same pool of drivers are 1.8 times more likely to regularly eat or drink while driving and 1.6 times more likely to be distracted by any type of "identified distraction," that being hand-held cell phones, eating and drinking, GPS, etc.

About 24 million school children ride school buses one way each school day. According to the American Public Transportation Association, about 10 percent of all transit riders are students on their way to or from school, the second largest segment of the public who rides transit behind people on their way to or from work (59 percent).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 16:03