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Texting while driving (TWD) is an issue among Ontario youth. Over one third (35.9%) of Ontario student drivers in grades 10 to 12 self-reported TWD at least once in the past year.
In order to develop effective countermeasures to deter the behavior, it is important to understand the beliefs and factors that motivate behavior.
In February 2015, Public Health Ontario conducted an online survey of Ontario youth and young adults to 1) measure the prevalence of TWD behaviour among a sample of Ontario youth and young adults ages 16 to 24, 2) identify the reasons for engaging in TWD and 3) to explore theoretical constructs that may predict TWD behavior. This presentation will review survey findings.
The presentation will also have a guest discussant, Maryam Haya (Ministry of Transportation), who will discuss implementation of the findings.
Presenters: Erin Berenbaum and Heather Manson
Erin Berenbaum is a Research Coordinator in the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Department at Public Health Ontario (PHO). She completed her Masters of Science (MSc.) in Health Promotion with a focus on health messaging.
Dr. Heather Manson is the Chief, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP). She directs PHO’s activities relating to these fields, including leading the HPCDIP team in providing scientific and technical advice in core content areas relevant to the Ontario Public Health Standards. She is an assistant professor (status only) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and adjunct professor at Waterloo University.
Discussant: Maryam Haya is a Safety Research Advisor with the Road Safety Research Office in the Ministry of Transportation, Ontario. She joined the Ministry in May 2014. She obtained a B.A in Economics from McMaster University in 2011 and a M.A. in Economics from York University in 2013. Since coming to MTO, she has led a variety of research files in the Road Safety Research Office including distracted driving, fatigued driving, senior drivers, and young and novice drivers.
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