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Distracted Driving and Motor Vehicle Crashes Among Teens | JAMA Pediatrics

Oct 17, 2013

Motor vehicle crashes are one of the most common causes of death for adolescents in the United States. Adolescents are 4 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle crash compared with drivers older than 20 years. A major risk factor for motor vehicle crashes is distracted driving.

Distracted driving includes the following:

1.     Any behavior that takes the driver’s eyes off the road (visual distraction).

Florida: Schools Play Key Role in Telling About Texting-While-Driving Ban | Tampa Bay Times

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With the ban on texting-while-driving taking effect Tuesday, the outreach by schools will be key. Florida is going without a major campaign to alert the public about the law after Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a $1 million expenditure intended in part to help promote the ban.

Put it down. No text is worth a life. Don't text and drive — it's the law.

And Tampa Bay schools want students to know.

Across the region, schools are ramping up efforts to raise awareness about Florida's new texting-while-driving law and to educate one of the most at-risk demographics on the road — teenage drivers.

Gear Up for National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW)

Oct 03, 2013

It’s that time of the year when schools, student clubs, and community leaders want ideas for how they can use National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) as a platform to promote teen driver safety.

Parent and Teen Agreement on Driving Expectations Prior to Teen Licensure | American Journal of Health Behavior

Sep 26, 2013

Objectives: To examine pre-licensure agreement on driving expectations and predictors of teen driving expectations among parent-teen dyads. Methods: Cross-sectional survey of 163 parent-teen dyads.

Driving After Drug or Alcohol Use by US High School Seniors, 2001–2011 | American Journal of Public Health

Sep 18, 2013

Objectives. We examined prevalence, trends, and correlates of driving or riding after use of drugs or alcohol among US high school seniors from 2001 to 2011.

Methods. Data come from Monitoring the Future, an annual survey of nationally representative samples of high school seniors. We used logistic regressions with data from more than 22 000 respondents to examine multivariate associations with demographic and lifestyle factors.

For Teens, Favorite Tunes May Impair Driving | Healthfinder.gov

Sep 05, 2013

Music may soothe the savage beast, but a new study from Accident Analysis & Prevention argues that novice teenage drivers who rock out to a playlist of favorite tunes may end up with impaired motor skills.

Active listening -- humming along with, tapping out the beat of or otherwise getting absorbed by tracks youthful drivers know and like -- appears to distract them from the rules of the road, researchers report.

Minimum Legal Drinking Age Laws Protect High School Students from Both Crashes and Alcohol Abuse | Addiction

Sep 05, 2013

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just announced that in 2010, 552 lives were saved by the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) laws in force in all 50 states. The total savings reported by NHTSA dating back to 1975 is 28 315 lives. Despite this major benefit, the MLDA has been under attack based principally on policy considerations. Responding to this attack has been difficult because the strongest evidence for their effectiveness dates back to the 1980s, when states were enacting MLDA laws.

Young Unlicensed Drivers and Fatal Road Traffic Crashes in the USA in the Past Decade. A Neglected Public Health Issue | Injury Prevention

Aug 29, 2013

It is unknown whether road traffic crashes (RTCs) involving young unlicensed drivers follow the downward trend of those involving licensed drivers. Our national register-based study from 2000 to 2011 indicates that the downward trend for young unlicensed drivers (<25 years) is significantly less pronounced. These drivers account for 10.7% to 11.5% of the fatal RTCs involving young drivers during that time period; this percentage is consistently higher in the Western and Southern states and has increased in recent years in the Midwest.

ADHD, Texting a Dangerous Driving Combination: Study | Reuters

Aug 22, 2013

Teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder drive at a less consistent speed and spend more time out of their lane than young drivers without ADHD, according to a study from JAMA Pediatrics that suggests texting at the wheel only makes the situation worse.

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