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Distracted & Dangerous: Helping States Keep Teens Focused on the Road | GHSA

Aug 28, 2014

This Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report looks at nearly two dozen state policy, enforcement and education initiatives to help keep teen drivers' focus off their smartphones and on the road.

The report was researched and written by nationally recognized teen safe driving expert, Pam Fischer, Principal of Pam Fischer Consulting. GHSA worked with a panel of teen driver experts to identify the featured programs, which were submitted through a survey of State Highway Safety Offices.

Young unlicensed drivers and fatal road traffic crashes in the USA in the past decade: A neglected public health issue | Injury Prevention

Aug 28, 2014

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.

Objective assessment of the effects of texting while driving: a simulator study | International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion

Aug 21, 2014

Recent advances in electronic communication technology led to many drivers opting to send and receive text messages while driving. This, inevitably, has a potential to distract drivers, impair driving performance and lead to crashes. This study aims to assess the risk involved in texting while driving through assessing the distraction caused and determining the change in key driving performance indicators. Twenty-one paid young male volunteers were recruited to participate in this study.

Distracted Teen Drivers Often on Cellphone With Parent: Study | Healthfinder.gov

Aug 14, 2014

Up to half of teens talking on cellphones while driving are speaking with their mother or father, according to new research.

"A lot of parents aren't really aware of how important it is to be a good role model and how dangerous it is for their teen to answer a cellphone while driving," said study author Noelle LaVoie, a cognitive psychologist and president of Parallel Consulting in Petaluma, Calif.

Effect of the Teen Driving Plan on the Driving Performance of Teenagers Before Licensure: A Randomized Clinical Trial | JAMA Pediatrics

Jul 17, 2014

Importance:  Many studies have failed to show an effect of parent-supervised practice driving on the driving performance of teenagers; nevertheless, most Graduated Driver Licensing programs have provisions that require supervised practice.

Objective:  To determine whether a web-based intervention, the Teen Driving Plan (TDP), can improve the driving performance of teenagers before licensure as measured by the Teen On-road Driving Assessment (tODA).

New Distracted and Impaired Driving Community of Practice

Jul 11, 2014

Applications due August 29th, 2014

Contact Bekah Hunt for more information: RHunt@EDC.Org; (617)-618-2178

Teen Driving Plan Effectiveness: The Effect of Quantity and Diversity of Supervised Practice on Teens' Driving Performance | Journal of Adolescent Health

Jun 26, 2014

The large contribution of inexperience to the high crash rate of newly licensed teens suggests that they enter licensure with insufficient skills. In a prior analysis, we found moderate support for a direct effect of a web-based intervention, the TeenDrivingPlan (TDP), on teens' driving performance. The purpose of the present study was to identify the mechanisms by which TDP may be effective and to extend our understanding of how teens learn to drive.

4 in 10 Teens Admit Texting While Driving | Time

Jun 26, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found kids are still engaging in a range of risky behaviors, despite a reported drop in cigarette use.

Today’s teens are distracted behind the wheel, according to a new survey. Though they aren’t smoking cigarettes in high rates, or regularly driving drunk, about 41% of America’s driving teens reported that they had texted or emailed while driving.

Allstate Launches Teen Driving App for Parents | Chicago Tribune

Jun 12, 2014

Allstate Corporation has launched a smartphone feature called Star Driver that will let parents know how their teen drivers are behaving behind the wheel.

Both the parents and teens agree on limits about where, when and how fast the teen is allowed to drive. Parents can be alerted with a text message if the teen violates part of the agreement.

AAA: Teen Drivers Face Greatest Risk in Summer | USA TODAY

Jun 12, 2014

The so-called 100 days of summer between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays are upon us, and while they may be the most fun, relaxing days of the year, for teen drivers they're also fraught with grave danger.

With school out, AAA warns that as the mercury rises, so do teen driving fatalities, making summertime the "100 Deadliest Days" of the year.

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