Teen Driving Safety
Graduated Driver Licensing for New Drivers: Effects of Three States׳ Policies on Crash Rates Among Teenagers | American Journal of Preventative Medicine
Evidence is mixed on the effects of graduated driver licensing (GDL) on motor vehicle crashes involving drivers aged 18 years.
This study examined the effects of GDL on crashes involving drivers aged 18 years in three states: Maryland, where GDL applies to novice drivers of all ages, and Florida and Michigan, where GDL applies only to new drivers aged <18 years. In addition, this study sought to confirm positive effects of GDL among drivers aged 16 and 17 years.
Improving Seat Belt Use among Teen Drivers: Findings from a Service-Learning Approach | Accident Analysis & Prevention
Low seat belt use and higher crash rates contribute to persistence of motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of teenage death. Service-learning has been identified as an important component of public health interventions to improve health behavior.
Speeding Still a Factor in a Third of Fatal Teen Driving Crashes: New Report Discusses Solutions for Both States and Parents | GHSA
Speeding is a primary culprit in a third of fatal crashes involving teen drivers, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). "Speeding-Related Fatal Crashes Among Teen Drivers and Opportunities for Reducing the Risks," authored by Dr.
Because people absorbed in a conversation have trouble paying attention to anything else, we're beginning to realize that even hands-free devices don't make driving while talking on the phone much safer. But even though they have less to pay attention to, "inattention blindness" can strike pedestrians, too. In just one example, people who were using their cell phones while walking "were less likely to notice a clown on a unicycle" that passed by.
From 2000 to 2011, 19,447 fatal crashes involving teen drivers were speeding-related. Despite a significant drop in overall fatal teen driving crashes during that same time frame, speeding has actually grown slightly as a contributing factor.
This publication examines the scope of the teen speeding problem, why it exists, and what policymakers and parents can do to help reduce the number of teen speeding-related fatalities.
The publication was funded by State Farm® and authored by Dr. Susan Ferguson, former senior vice president of research for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The increasingly popular voice-activated, in-car technologies that allow drivers to text, talk on the phone or even use Facebook while driving still allow for dangerous mental distraction, according to a study.
Despite being the latest trend in state legislatures, laws meant to combat texting while driving do not work. Statistics show that laws banning texting while driving have a negligible impact on highway safety. The success of these laws is impaired by prosecution limitations, inconsistent enforcement, and perhaps most importantly, the public’s willingness to violate them.
Revisiting the Concept of the 'Problem Young Driver' Within the Context of the 'Young Driver Problem': Who Are They? | Accident Analysis & Prevention
Research and countermeasures focus on broadly addressing the “young driver problem.” Young driver crash statistics suggests “problem young drivers” also merit attention. Step 1 is identifying drivers: behaviors and psychosocial factors are suggested. Step 2 is deciding what to do and when: early, multifaceted efforts are required. Targeted countermeasures require development, implementation and evaluation.
Designated drivers don't necessarily abstain from drinking.
A new study revealed 40 percent of designated drivers consume alcohol in some amount before driving, with about one-fifth of them drinking to the level that could impair their skills.
The study, which was published in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, looked at 1,071 bar patrons -- 165 of whom were designated drivers -- over a 3-month period. The majority of the patrons were white male college students.
From ASTHO Primary Care and Prevention News (May 24, 2013)