“We were right on the corner of the school,” said Fernando Ruiz, a junior at Sacramento's Inderkum High School and one of the students who gathered the data. “We were just standing there and watching to see how many people were distracted and how many weren’t.”
Ruiz says he had a very personal reason for wanting to take part in the study: “When I ride my bike, there’s been a lot of times where the light will go on so I can cross, and some people are not paying attention. They would almost hit me when they were making a right turn.”
Although Ruiz says the majority of people he saw were driving safely, the study found more than 7,000 cases of distracted driving. Most unsafe drivers were eating, drinking or using their cell phones – but some were putting on makeup, smoking cigarettes or even holding pets on their laps.