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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.

California: Counseling Services for Victims of Violent Crime Bill Passed

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AB 1629 will support violence prevention efforts, helping target populations receive the benefits offered by victim’s compensation programs

AB 1629 would provide reimbursement for a crime victim or derivative victim for the amount of outpatient violence peer counseling-related expenses incurred, thereby providing equal access to services for all victims of all violent crime. Setting up a pay-for-service reimbursement for “Violence Intervention Specialists” would accomplish two things: (1) Allow more organizations to offer intervention specialist services and (2) Increase the number of victims receiving benefits, as awareness among victims about the services also increases.

Safe Kids Releases New Information about Teens in Cars

Jun 05, 2014

More teens die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause. Safe Kids surveyed 1,000 teens to learn why they’re at greater risk on the road. The survey looked at why teens don’t always buckle up and how often they text or talk on the phone while driving. Safe Kids also asked what teens do when they feel unsafe in a car.

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.

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