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Effect of Massachusetts’ Graduated Driver Licensing System on Adolescent Motor Vehicle Crashes | Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

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Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are the most common cause of death in the United States for adolescents. Since 1998, Massachusetts has implemented a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system requiring teenagers to gain experience under conditions of low crash risk before gaining full privileges.

Background and aims: Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are the most common cause of death in the United States for adolescents. Since 1998, Massachusetts has implemented a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system requiring teenagers to gain experience under conditions of low crash risk before gaining full privileges.

This is What Happens When You Drive on Pot and Alcohol | Time

May 01, 2014

Teens who mix alcohol and marijuana are terrible drivers, new research suggests.

Researchers took a look at yearly surveys of over 72,000 U.S. high school seniors from 1976 to 2011, and assessed their simultaneous use of pot and alcohol. They found that teens who reported using both at the same time were 50 to 90% more likely to admit to unsafe driving than teens who did not smoke pot or drink. About 40% of teens who used both at the same had received a traffic ticket or warning over the last year, and about 30% had been in an accident.

Driver Distraction: A Perennial but Preventable Public Health Threat to Adolescents | A Supplement from the Journal of Adolescent Health

Apr 24, 2014

This month, the Journal of Adolescent Health released a supplement focused on distracted driving. Featured articles and studies:

Parents Can Do More to Help Kids Learn to Drive Safely, Researchers Say | Reuters

Apr 17, 2014

Parents may be missing some good teachable moments when their kids are learning to drive, U.S. researchers say.

Recordings of parent-child pairs when the child was driving found a little over half of the talk was driving related - much of it simple instructions or criticism - but parents rarely discussed deeper driving wisdom, like how to anticipate and avoid hazards.

Drunk-Driving Deaths Under-reported in U.S., Study Says | Healthfinder.gov

Mar 27, 2014

Alcohol's role in U.S. traffic deaths is significantly under-reported, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed data from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, which notes the blood-alcohol levels of people killed in traffic crashes. That information was compared with data on death certificates from all states.

Experimental Effects of Injunctive Norms on Simulated Risky Driving Among Teenage Males | Health Psychology

Feb 13, 2014

Objective:Teenage passengers affect teenage driving performance, possibly by social influence. To examine the effect of social norms on driving behavior, male teenagers were randomly assigned to drive in a simulator with a peer-aged confederate to whom participants were primed to attribute either risk-accepting or risk-averse social norms.

Stochastic Risk Assessment Methodology and Modeling as In-Vehicle Safety Enhancing Tool for Younger Drivers on Roads | Journal of Transportation Safety & Security

Feb 13, 2014

There has been a marked increase in the number of young drivers across the globe. This age category comes with deficiencies resulting from their inexperience and age related characteristics. Mobility is a fundamental right of living by everyone whether young or old and learning to drive is considered as a significant achievement in youth's life. However, the mobility of a younger driver by his/her own vehicles demands special considerations.

Minnesota's Driver Education Program Aims to Involve Parents | Education News

Jan 30, 2014

A new Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Office of Traffic Safety education program is focusing on the parents of teen drivers, seeking to instill the important role they play in developing safer teen drivers. The program comes after a series of accidents caused by young, inexperienced drivers in Minnesota.

Injury Prevention Research Opportunities

Jan 23, 2014

CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center) announces the availability of funding for the following three research opportunities:

Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention: Evaluation of Increased Nighttime Enforcement of Seat Belt Use (RFA-CE-14-003)

Research to Prevent Prescription Drug Overdoses (RFA-CE-14-0020)

Research on Integration of Injury Prevention in Health Systems (RFA-CE-14-004)

Driving 'Buzzed': BAC As Low As 0.01% Still Raises Fatal Car Crash Risk | Huffington Post

Jan 23, 2014

Even driving mildly buzzed -- with a blood alcohol content (BAC) as low as 0.01 percent -- raises the risk of causing a fatal car accident, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego found that having a BAC of 0.01 percent recent was associated with a 46 percent higher risk of being the official, sole cause of a car accident, compared with the sober driver also involved in the collision.

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