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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type




Degree Name

Criminal Justice: M.S.


Criminal Justice


School of Public Affairs

First Advisor

Dr. D. Lee Gilbertson

Second Advisor

Dr. Barbara Vesely

Third Advisor

Dr. Lindsey Vigesaa

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Distracted Driving


Distracted driving is a popular topic throughout the world, esspecially within the United States. Although, distracted driving is not the most deadly problem in the United States, all of these deaths are preventable if the distractions are put down. Most states in the United States have laws in place to try to deter drivers from having distractions behind the while. Are these laws enough? Is there enough deterrence within the laws to stop drivers from being distracted? In this study, I analyzed the laws that are in place for the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. I analyzed the total amount of automobile crashes, injuries, and deaths the year before and the year after the law went into effect (specific to the state). I found that the states that have the laws in place do not have enough deterrence within them to stop drivers from being distracted. I also came to the conclusion that the earlier the laws was put into effect, the least amount of success of drivers are rarely deterred.

Keywords: Distracted Driving, Hands-free, Cellphones, Distractions


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