Teen Driver Safety

Ending the School Year With Safety

May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month™ (GYTSM) and the perfect time to remind parents and teens to promote safe driving and passenger behaviors during prom, graduation, and other special events that mark the end of the school year.

Now Online: NJ Decal Law Webinar Video

In a recent post, I described the health policy community’s keen interest in CIRP@CHOP’s research on New Jersey’s GDL “decal” requirement. Later that month the Public Health Law Webinar Series hosted a panel of research and program experts to discuss the NJ GDL Decal requirement.

Driving in Teens with Autism

Since April is Autism Awareness Month, I wanted to dedicate this blog to discussing the issue of driving in teens with autism spectrum disorders. Lately, I have been fielding more and more questions from parents of teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) about whether their teens are ready to drive.

Focusing on What Counts for Teen Drivers

While motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens, we have made great strides in reducing the number of crashes involving teens behind the wheel. According to a new report released today by CIRP@CHOP and State Farm®, the number of teen driver-related fatalities declined 47 percent in the past six years from a total of 5,889 in 2005 to a total of 3,150 in 2011.

A World Tour (of Learner Driver Decals)!

A recent study demonstrated the early positive effect of New Jersey’s novice driver decals at reducing teen crash rates. Other states are also contemplating requiring novice drivers to display decals (also known as identifiers) on the outside of their vehicle when they are the driver. This got me thinking about what novice driver identifiers look like in other parts of the world.

A Tragic Mix: Teens Driving Multiple Passengers

Since this past Sunday, we have lost 15 teenagers in teen driver related crashes in Ohio, Texas and Illinois. I had been preparing a post about the ESPNU Show “E:60” that aired a story Sunday about four members of a high school football team in Manheim, PA that died in a crash in January 2011. The quarterback, Caleb Walton, stepped forward to express his regret that he didn’t do more to stop his friends from making a fatal choice. I hope his courage is not in vain.

Developmental Disabilities and Driving

As a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, I primarily care for children and teens with developmental disabilities, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and learning disabilities, among other conditions. Much of our focus in clinic is the early childhood years, where interventions may be the most effective. However, as our kids grow, so do their needs, and an emerging area of research is in the transition to adulthood period. Issues in the transition to adulthood period very much include driving.

Looking Forward to Lifesavers in Denver, Part Two

Yesterday, I blogged about the CIRP research projects we’ll be sharing in the Occupant Protection for Children track at the 2013 Lifesavers Conference. Today, I want to share what we’re contributing to the Teen Driver Safety track: “Best Practices in Intervention Design and Evaluation.”

Policy Petri Dish – New Jersey Decal Study Resonates

This week, we were excited to learn that our article “Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Decal Law: Effect on Young Probationary Drivers” has been selected Robert Wood Johnson Research Foundation's No. 1 Most Influential Research Article of 2012 . How did a study on a single provision of one state’s GDL program grab the attention of health care policy stakeholders? I asked Allison Curry, PhD, MPH, lead author and director of epidemiology at CIRP@CHOP, about why she thought the study resonated so strongly with the broader public health community. She gave much credit to the state of New Jersey. Participate in a free Webinar on the topic on March 21, 2013, sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law.

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