Teen Driving Safety
Summer is the deadliest time of year for teen drivers and as Americans hit the road this Memorial Day holiday AASHTO is launching a new video, Teen Driving in America: A Look behind the Wheel, to raise awareness about the increased risks teen drivers face each summer. In this video, produced by AASHTO's Transportation TV the parents of a 16-year old victim discuss their son's death in the summer of 2007 and what they are now doing to save other parents from living their nightmare.
More than half of high school seniors admit they text or email while driving — the first federal statistics on how common the dangerous habit is in teens.
An anonymous national survey conducted last year found that 58 percent of high school seniors said they had texted or emailed while driving during the previous month. About 43 percent of high school juniors acknowledged they did the same thing.
The "Parents Are the Key" campaign offers free materials you can use, including posters, flyers, and a parent-teen driving agreement. Share these materials with people you see every day. Talk about the important role parents play in keeping teens safe behind the wheel.
‘Determining Subgroups of Teens for Targeted Driving Injury Prevention Strategies: A Latent Class Analysis Approach’ from Traffic Injury Prevention
The objective of this study was to utilize teen traffic safety belief profiles to improve targeting of resources and messages to young novice drivers.
The National Young Driver Survey is a nationally representative sample 5665 of 9th to 11th graders in the United States. Using latent class analysis, we grouped beliefs about 25 safety-relevant behaviors into a summary set of belief profiles and related these profiles to demographics and driver/passenger experience.
‘Speeding By Young Novice Drivers: What Can Personal Characteristics and Psychosocial Theory Add to Our Understanding?’ from Accident Analysis & Prevention
Young novice drivers continue to be overrepresented in fatalities and injuries arising from crashes even with the introduction of countermeasures such as graduated driver licensing (GDL). Enhancing countermeasures requires a better understanding of the variables influencing risky driving. One of the most common risky behaviors performed by drivers of all ages is speeding, which is particularly risky for young novice drivers who, due to their driving inexperience, have difficulty in identifying and responding appropriately to road hazards.
Haverhill Teen to Serve Year in Jail for Fatal Texting Crash; Judge Calls for People to Keep Eyes on Road | Boston.com
To send a message of deterrence to Massachusetts drivers, District Court Judge Stephen Abany imposed maximum sentences on Haverhill teen Aaron Deveau for causing a fatal crash by texting while driving.
Aaron Deveau sent and received 193 text messages on Feb. 20, 2011, including some allegedly in the moments that the Haverhill teenager crossed into oncoming traffic and plowed head-on into another car, killing the driver and seriously injuring a passenger, prosecutors say.
Four of the texts, they say, were in a two-minute period just before impact.
On the opening day of the state’s first such texting-while-driving trial, prosecutors in Haverhill District Court laid out a case that depicts texting behind the wheel as deadly negligence with devastating consequences.
Transportation and the New Generation: Why Young People Are Driving Less and What It Means for Transportation Policy
A new report shows that young Americans, aged 16-34, have been driving less and biking, walking, or using public transportation more. The recession has probably led to some of the decrease in driving, but it is likely to persist due to better technological alternatives in transportation, increased legal barriers, and environmental impact. In addition, the decrease in miles driven by youth also exists among those who are employed and doing well financially.
'The Contribution of Family Climate for Road Safety and Social Environment to the Reported Driving Behavior of Young Drivers' from Accident Analysis & Prevention
Two studies examined the contribution of the new concept of “family climate for road safety” and several aspects of the social environment to the driving behavior of young drivers. Study 1 (n = 120) investigated the effect of the seven dimensions of the family climate for road safety – Modeling, Feedback, Communication, Monitoring, Noncommitment, Messages, and Limits – as well as a general tendency to conform to authority, and peer pressure.