Impact of Distracted Driving PSA on College Students

Faculty Sponsor

Matthew Ringenberg


Arts and Sciences


Social Work

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-4-2017


This study revolves around a major threat to public safety in today’s society: distracted driving. The researchers explored whether there is any difference in behavior or opinion on distracted driving after watching a public service announcement on the dangers of distracted driving among college-aged individuals.

The null hypothesis states that there will be no change in driving behavior or opinions on distracted driving between the control group who did not watch the public service announcement and the control group which views the public service announcement prior to filling out the questionnaire. The research hypothesis states that those who view the public service announcement will say they will be more cautious while driving going forward. This questionnaire was distributed through the Valparaiso University Facebook groups to reach a large number of students, as well as conducted through in-person questionnaires.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Isabella Kalwasinski, Kayla Caves, and Luke Bandyk are all junior social work majors.

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