Jobaidul Boni

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Graduation Semester and Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Kate Dr. Hyun


In recent years, an increase in driver distraction appears due to the rise in smartphone usage and the introduction of social media. Researchers put significant efforts in examining the impacts of distracted driving, mostly focused on distraction like texting or phone call. However, scant research exists to identify the underlying factors causing the distracted driving particularly caused by social media or showing their safety implications at complex geometries such as intersections and highways. This dissertation offers three independent studies reviewing the impact of technology on drivers' actions using field tests and simulation experiments. The first field tests conducted at three Texas intersections revealed that cell phones are the primary cause of most distractions, resulting in up to 6.6 second of lost time. The second paper uses machine learning classifiers to identify various distractions based on driving behaviors. The resulting behavioral analysis also indicates that social media distractions significantly impact drivers' angular and lateral patterns. Among the different models, the Multi-Layer Perception classifiers demonstrated a strong capacity for detection, achieving over 75% accuracy. The third chapter examined the relationship between distracted driving and risky driving practices, showing that more engaging social media activities like watching videos can lead to more lateral driving errors. In addition, GPS poses a greater risk than less-engaging social media activities like checking feeds. Demographic factors also play an important role in causing particular actions, for example, lower income women tend to keep shorter headways when they engage in social media activities. This dissertation offers valuable insights into behavioral attributes of distracted driving patterns, paving the way for targeted interventions and countermeasures to mitigate the risks associated with distracted driving caused by social media.


Distracted driving, Startup lost time, Social media, Machine learning, Association rule mining, Driving behavior


Civil and Environmental Engineering | Civil Engineering | Engineering


Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington

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