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TitleAlcohol effects on driver performance under conditions of divided attention
AuthorsBrewer ND, Sandow BL
Year1980
TypeJournal Article
AbstractLaboratory studies have indicated that deleterious effects of alcohol on human performance are most evident when an individual is required to monitor sensory input relevant to the concurrent perfonnancc of two activities. Consequently, data collected during an in-depth study of metropolitan road accidents were examined to determine to what extent the accidents of inioxicated drivers were characterized by the driver's attention, prior to the accident, being directed to some source of information input secondary to the driving task. These data indicated that intoxicated drivers were more likely than others to have been engaged in some pre accident activity that was secondary to the driving task. A number of mechanisms that may underlie the apparent interactive effects of alcohol and secondary activity on driving were outlined for future experimental consideration.
Journal TitleErgonomics
Journal Volume (Issue)23(3)
Page Range185-190
Page Count6

Reference
Brewer ND, Sandow BL (1980) 'Alcohol effects on driver performance under conditions of divided attention', Ergonomics, 23(3), pp 185-190.